Surgeon with ties to Middle Georgia killed in Augusta

bpurser@macon.comNovember 25, 2013 

WARNER ROBINS -- A South Carolina surgeon who once practiced in Middle Georgia was robbed and killed in Augusta while on his way home to Kathleen, where he spent weekends with family and friends.

The body of Dr. Charles Henry Mann III, 60, was found Saturday in an Augusta creek, less than a mile from where his car was found the previous day, said Richmond County sheriff’s Lt. Calvin Chew.

Mann, who was last seen alive Thursday night in Barnwell, S.C., was reported missing when he didn’t arrive in Kathleen as expected. Mann lived in Barnwell during the week and came home to Kathleen on the weekends.

Glenn Vincent Riggs II, 22, of Augusta, has been charged with murder and robbery by force in the disappearance and death of Mann, Chew said. He was being held at the Richmond County jail.

Mann’s blue 2006 Honda Civic was found in a wooded area off Old Louisville Road on Friday night. There was blood inside the car, and sheriff’s investigators soon learned Mann had been reported missing.

Evidence inside the car linked it to Riggs. Investigators think Mann was killed at Riggs’ home in the 2600 block of Dublin Drive in Augusta, Chew said.

The body was discovered in Spirit Creek after Riggs was arrested.

Riggs is accused of killing Mann, then dumping the body and next the car. Chew would not say how Mann was killed or where Mann first came into contact with Riggs.

Mann had been working at the Southern Palmetto Hospital in Barnwell since March. He was a general surgeon. He received his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla., according to the hospital’s website.

He was meticulous in making sure everything was perfect for surgery, said Mary Valliant, the hospital’s CEO. He had an upbeat personality and was always eager to lend a hand.

“I thought the world of Dr. Mann,” Valliant said. “He was a wonderful person. His patients loved him.

“Between patients, he had his Bible out reading it,” she said. “When he talked about his family, he glowed about his 21-year-old son who’s in college. He was so proud.”

His son, Charles Mann IV, attends Mercer University in Macon, she said.

Valliant recalled when Mann asked her if he could take some time off for his anniversary to be with his wife, Rebecca Mann.

“I need to get home to Becky,” Valliant recalled him saying.

It was his normal practice to drive home to Kathleen on Fridays, Valliant said. Mann was last seen Thursday night at a health fair in Williston in Barnwell County.

Valliant also noted how considerate Mann was when her husband was ill and then died three months ago.

“In addition to being a good surgeon, he was just a nice guy,” she said. “We’re sure going to miss him.”

Mann previously practiced in Perry, Eastman and Fort Valley.

To contact writer Becky Purser, call 256-9559.

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