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Brunswick antes up reward for person who killed Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett

7:00 PM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. -- Investigators from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Glynn County police were at the crime scene again Tuesday.

"We've had some leads, " said Chief Matt Doering. "I'm going to leave it at that." 

The body of Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett was found floating in the Frederica River and his vehicle inside Gascoigne Park.  The coroner said Sublett was bound and had a gunshot wound. 

"I will not comment on the evidence," Doering said. "I won't comment on anything of that nature."

Doering said Sublett's death is being treated as a homicide.

Bernice Roe, who visits the park regularly, said the killing has upset her community.

"I think it has impacted the community very deeply," Roe said. "He was a very loved man. He was a man willing to give of his time and his energy."

County Commission Chairman Richard Strickland said Tuesday's budget workshop would have been Sublett's last  meeting, since his term was ending on December 31.

"Tom and I had become close friends over the years and we talked numerous times a day," said Strickland. "He will certainly be missed by this community and this commission."

The 911 tapes of the tearful call from Carol Sublett, his wife of more than 23 years, reveal her greatest fear: that something dreadful had happened.

The police department is passing out flyers with a timeline of Sublett's travel in hopes of getting someone to come forward with information.

"It shows his vehicle. It shows the time line," said Chief Doering, " and the route that he traveled that Monday night and that early morning."

The Glynn County Police Department is offering a reward of $25,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sublett's killer.

County Commissioner Clyde Taylor, who lives on St. Simons Island near Tom Sublett, said on Thursday the commission will add to the reward.

"We should be as proactive in this investigation as we can," Taylor said.

Taylor said Sublett was a fellow Rotarian and he has received words of condolence for other Rotarians across Georgia.

Taylor said he doesn't know how much the county commission reward will be but it will be close to what the police are now offering.

"I think we will probably match at least what has been contributed," he said.

Police Chief Doering said that a private citizen also plans to offer his own reward, but it has yet to materialize.

It is clear the community wants to be proactive until the crime is solved and this idyllic costal Georgia community is back to a sense of normalcy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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