Community seeking family of deceased homeless man
by Staff Report
Jan 05, 2013 | 2618 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A photo of Larry Dewayne “Catfish” Tapp circulating on social media sites is an effort by the community to locate the late man’s family.

“If you know this man or possible his family, I need to find them right away. His mother may still be alive also. We believe her name is Betty J.(?) Tapp, also from around the Jackson, GA area. Sharing this will help,” read one Facebook post.

“We are trying to find the family or friends of this gentleman. His name was Larry Dewayne “Catfish” Tapp and may have a relative by the name of Victoria M. Doyle. He is known to have lived in Ellijay, Smyrna and possibly Jackson, Georgia. If you know him, his family or Mrs. Doyle please contact Tracy Bennett via Facebook with information. Please help spread the search by sharing this picture on your wall,” read the photo’s caption.

Cartersville police officers arrived on scene just before 1:30 p.m. Dec. 28 after two homeless men reported they had found Tapp dead. According to the incident report, all three men were sharing an encampment in the woods between Collins Drive and the movie theatre on Tennessee Street.

The two men who reported the death told officers that all three had been drinking heavily the night before and that the deceased had been off his seizure medication for a few days.

Both men reported hearing the deceased get up during the night and leave camp. When he did not return, they told officers they expected he had either been arrested or admitted to the hospital.

Friday morning, one of the men leaving camp found the deceased on a trail between their encampment and the theatre. After finding the deceased, he called for the other witness on scene to help check for vitals. Finding none, the two men ran to Collins Drive where they waved down a motorist and called 911.