The damage at Albany’s Big Pines Estates mobile home park was utter devastation.
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Photo: JOSHUA SHARPE / JOSHUA.SHARPE@AJC.COM

Coroner: Tornado tossed, crushed Albany couple

The Dougherty County coroner on Wednesday identified two victims of the tornado that obliterated a mobile home park, while the search continues for more victims. 

James and Cathy Mosley, both 59, husband and wife, were in their trailer at Big Pines Estates in Albany when the storm hit.

The winds, which ripped apart homes and flung the park’s namesake pines hurling through the air, caught the wife.

She was thrown from the trailer as the tornado took it, coroner Michael Fowler Sr. told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The husband was trapped in the wreckage. 

When neighbors and officials approached, one of his legs could be seen protruding from the remains of his home, Fowler said.

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The other victims already identified were Paul Freeman, 82, who lived in a house behind the park, and Big Pines Estates resident Oscar Reyna, 39.

The search continues for more victims in the neighborhood, where the damage was so profound that some cars were all but hidden under mounds of debris.

2-year-old boy remains missing, Fowler said.

“It’s possible he’s still out there,” the coroner said.

Neighbor Danny Lairsey said he found the Mosleys on Sunday afternoon as he tried to help free neighbors from their homes.

When he saw James and Cathy Mosley, he knew they were gone.

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