Tom Sublett’s body was found last week in the Frederica River near St. Simons Island after he failed to return home from an evening poker game with friends. An autopsy determined that Sublett was shot in his head before drowning, but the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has not determined whether his death is a homicide.
“There’s no new information to report at this time. I wish there were, but there’s not,” Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Michael McDaniel said Friday.
The Glynn County Police Department is offering $25,000 for information in the case. On Thursday night, county commissioners unanimously voted to match that offer, according to Glynn County spokeswoman Candice Temple.
Temple said each of the commissioners took time to reflect on Sublett’s death and say kind words about him during what would have been his last meeting.
Sublett, who sold commercial real estate, was finishing his first and only term on the seven-member Glynn County Commission at the time of his death. He decided not to seek re-election to another four years on the commission and his term expires Dec. 31.
Police said Sublett, 52, was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 when he dropped off a friend who had ridden with him to the poker game at the home of one of Sublett’s business partners. The commissioner’s wife called friends and police the next morning after he failed to come home. Sublett’s car was found on a bluff overlooking the Frederica River at about 4 a.m. His body was discovered about two hours later at a marina about 150 yards away.
Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering has released few details but said officers found the commissioner’s wallet with some of its contents missing.
Police and GBI agents have scoured the marina and adjacent riverside park and sent divers into the river to search for clues. Authorities have not disclosed what, if anything, they have found or specified what it is they’re looking for.
Doering said earlier this week a team of volunteer divers would scour the river again on Saturday and that he had not gotten as many tips coming in because of the reward money offer as he had hoped.
Sublett was well known in the community as a business and civic leader. He came to Glynn County as an executive with a local seafood company, then after it was sold shifted to selling commercial real estate. He served as chairman of the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce in 2006 and 2007 and held positions with several local organizations from the Rotary Club to the United Way.