12 On Your Side: Man injured after falling into mysterious hole on bank-owned property

By: Elizabeth Owens Email
By: Elizabeth Owens Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, March 15, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Richmond County inspectors are now investigating four mysterious holes on a property near Millidgville Road after 12 On Your Side contacted them.

Elton Beasley, 64, fell into one of the holes in November.

"I called my roommate and he come out and got the the fire department to come get me out of the hole," he said.

He said he sprained his ankle and hurt his shoulder during the fall.

Beasley said workers started digging the holes five months ago but never came back to fill them in. The holes are about a foot wide and at least 6 feet deep.

"Well it's unsafe for any human being. Grown man, a child, whoever. Just unsafe," he said.

County officials said workers were most likely testing water in the ground. They say whoever owns the property is responsible for sealing off the holes.

The land was owned by the same man who ran "Craig's Place" until January, according to documents News 12 obtained. SunTrust Bank took over the property after it was foreclosed.

County officials are working with SunTrust to fix the holes.

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