Savannah man found dead in backyard of Glennville home

Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 4:53 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2022 at 5:37 PM EDT
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GLENNVILLE, Ga. (WTOC) - A Savannah man was found dead in the backyard of a Tattnall County home on Monday, Sept. 19.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a dead body in a backyard on Harvey Lane in the White Pines community of Glennville.

The man was identified as 23-year-old Dequan Deion Thorpe, of Savannah.

People in the White Pines community say they’re shocked at someone being shot and killed in their neighborhood. They’re not sure whether to be worried or relieved that nobody seems to know anything about him or how this young man from Savannah ended up here.

Many neighbors remain on edge. A neighbor who didn’t want to be identified described what they heard.

“My son heard three gunshots, a pause, then he said he heard five more.”

She says the neighborhood has always been quiet. She can’t imagine how Thorpe ended up here or what led up to the shooting.

“Nobody’s ever seen him. All the young guys around here; we tried to ask if anybody knew him. Nobody’s seen his face, seen him before.”

She says it has everyone nervous, with some even getting security cameras for the concern it could happen again.

This is an active investigation. If anyone has any information about this case, they should call the Tattnall County Sheriff’s Office at 912-557-6777 or the GBI Statesboro Office at 912-871-1121. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling 1-800-597-TIPS(8477), online at, or by downloading the See Something, Send Something mobile app.