Riders on horseback discover body along River Road 

Published 12:44 pm Thursday, March 21, 2024

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Death ruled a suicide by investigators


POLK COUNTY—The body of a deceased male was found by two horseback riders alongside River Road near Tryon on Sunday, March 17, according to Chief Jeff Ramsey with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. 

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One of the riders dialed 911 after discovering the body near a bridge where Interstate 26 crosses over River Road. The road is part of the FETA horse trail system that runs through parts of Polk County. 

The deceased male has been identified as Greg Livengood, 50, of Arden.

When officials arrived on the scene, the vehicle that Livengood had been driving was found parked on I-26, still running, according to officials. Chief Ramsey says that the case is being ruled as a suicide.

If you or anyone you know is struggling with mental health issues or suicidal thoughts, call or text the national 988 lifeline for free and confidential support.