Search for suspect in UGA student’s death leads to reward offer

Beth Buchanan died in an accident last year in Winder.

Authorities recently announced that a $10,000 reward would be offered for information leading to the arrest of a man wanted on charges stemming from a car crash in Winder that left a doctoral student dead. University of Georgia.

The Feb. 13, 2023, crash killed Beth Elaine Buchanan, 23, who was studying for a doctorate in psychology.

Investigators charged Cesar L. Raudales Macias, 26, with vehicular homicide, driving while intoxicated and driving on the wrong side of the road.

Cesar Macias

Macias was hospitalized after the crash, but upon his release, he disappeared, according to the Barrow County Sheriff’s Office. He was last seen at his parents’ home in Athens.

Buchanan, who earned her undergraduate degree at Rice University, died at the scene of the crash. Buchanan’s mother, Julie Buchanan of Fresno, California, was a passenger and was seriously injured. She survived the shipwreck.

The U.S. Marshal’s Office is also assisting the sheriff’s office in the search for Macias.

Anonymous reports can be made through the Crimes Stoppers tip line at 404-577-8477 or online at

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