FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — One year after the mysterious death of a Forsyth County mother at a local house party, a piece of evidence in a related civil lawsuit has gone missing, officials confirm to Channel 2 Action News.
They also confirm it's prompted a policy change at the courthouse.
Investigators concluded Tamla Horsford's death was not the result of foul play after a fall from a second story deck last November, but her friends and family believe something happened to her.
Close friend Michelle Graves has been outspoken in her belief Horsford's death was no accident, citing an independent medical examiner's report that found extensive injuries to her body.
Her death sparked outrage on social media, with people posting the hashtags #TamlaHorsford and #JusticeForTamlaHorsford.
Several of the party guests have filed a defamation lawsuit against Graves, arguing she's wrongly accusing them of a crime.
"The judge said he wanted to look through…specific things from my Facebook, which included my stories, my pages, my posts and my groups," Graves told Channel 2's Mike Petchenik.
She said she downloaded more than a year's worth of social media posts onto a thumb drive and dropped them off at the Forsyth County Courthouse in late September.
"I found out on October 7th, the day it was actually due, that they never received (it)," she said. "It's disappeared."
Graves said she was able to replicate the information and turned it again, this time ensuring the judge received it, but she's concerned about what happened to the original drive.
"It's all my personal stuff, Facebook stuff," she said. "Anyone who has commented on my stuff. All my friends, all their information, anything about this is out there."
Petchenik reached out to the Forsyth County Clerk, who sent him this e-mailed statement:
Allen said the incident prompted a policy change. His office will no longer accept non-stamped evidence at the courthouse.
"I absolutely think this was stolen," Graves said. "It's been a point of contention from the day my friend passed away. They've been looking at my Facebook, the police have been looking at it, the attorneys, the people at the party."
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