GBI reviews Ga. commissioner's death

Body of Glynn County official found floating in river

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 8:44 AM
Last updated 6:58 PM
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BRUNSWICK, Ga. - A state crime lab medical examiner conducting an autopsy on the body of Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett said Wednesday he will need another day to investigate the death.

County Coroner Jimmy Durden said he was informed the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was not yet ready to release Sublett’s body to his family.

His body was found floating in the Frederica River about 6 a.m. Tuesday about seven hours after he left a regular Monday night gathering with friends on Oak Grove Island north of Brunswick.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering said Wednesday there is nothing new to report and that officers are still working the crime scene at the park. On Tuesday he said his office is investigating it as a homicide.

Asked about the recovery of a weapon, Doering said he was unable to comment.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is the lead agency in the probe.

Sublett was last seen about 10:40 p.m. Monday when he dropped a friend off at his car. When he hadn’t returned home by 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, his wife called friends who began looking for him along his travel route. One found Sublett’s car around 4 a.m. in Gascoigne Bluff near a public fishing dock on the Frederica River where divers were searching for clues Tuesday.

His body was found just upstream from the fishing pier.

Doering has said only a few items were missing but that Sublett’s wallet was found.

Durden, who also works at Edo Miller & Son Funeral Home, said no arrangements have been made for services.


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