Colter Ingram, 19, died as the result of what appears to be a single-vehicle accident, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Phillip Russell said Friday.
The vehicle was found about 43 feet off Old Mulga Loop Road near Pleasant Grove Road in the Minor community at approximately 5:30 p.m. Thursday by a citizen, according to Russell.
Russell said it appears that Ingram died instantly as a result of blunt force trauma when the vehicle went down an embankment and struck a row of trees.
Authorities do not believe Ingram was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred.
A toxicology test will be performed, which is a standard procedure after a fatal wreck occurs. Russell said autopsy results will not be available for at least two weeks.
“It’s a tragic end to a young man’s life,” Russell said about Ingram, who graduated from Walker High School in May and had just started classes at Bevill State Community College in Jasper.
Ingram was last seen at approximately 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he left the home of a friend who he was visiting along with his older brother, Trey Ingram.
Their mother, Penny Ingram, filed a missing persons report early Monday morning with the Jasper Police Department and with the Birmingham Police Department Tuesday afternoon.
Russell confirmed reports that Ingram’s phone had been traced to the Ensley community.
About 80 volunteers gathered at the Home Depot in Jasper Thursday morning to form a search committee. They looked for Colter’s vehicle in areas between Jasper and Birmingham and passed out flyers.
A Facebook page, Colter Ingram Safe Return, was set up in his honor earlier this week and quickly garnered more than 2,100 supporters.
After Colter’s death was first reported Thursday evening, hundreds of supporters used the site to offer condolences to the Ingram family and pay tribute to Colter’s life.
“You were such an amazing friend,” Kiley Smothers wrote in a post on the facebook page.
On her personal Facebook page, Smothers further honored Colter by posting a photo taken in May of her, Colter and two other friends during a Memorial Day outing at Smith Lake. She said Colter “had such a happy, bright spirit.”