ROGERSVILLE — Police said a beating victim who was found in some bushes early Friday morning suffering from hypothermia in a rural community north of Rogersville had been drinking with two women and another male the night before.
Hubert McKinney told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that the victim, Michael Anthony Woody, 43, of Bean Station, had been drinking at is house that night with two females and a man named Buddy Bailey, whose address was not known.
McKinney stated that around 3 a.m. Woody and Bailey got into a fight.
Later that morning a neighbor, Dewayne Byington, called Hawkins County Central Dispatch to report finding a man in the bushes who was possibly dead.
HCSO Deputy Mitch Hunley stated in his report that Byington led him to Woody, who was lying unresponsive in bushes, but breathing.
“Woody appeared to have been hypothermic due to the overnight low of 18 degrees and insufficient winter wear,” Hunley said.
Woody was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center where he was treated and released on Monday.
Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told the Times-News Tuesday that the incident is under investigation and has been turned over to his detective’s division.
Lawson noted, however, that it’s hard to say whether Woody was beaten unconscious, or passed out due to intoxication.
“Probably a little of both,” Lawson added. “We were waiting for everyone to sober up and then go from there.”