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County Commissioner Sublett found dead
The body of Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett was found at about 6 a.m. Tuesday in the Frederica River, at Gascoigne Bluff Park on St. Simons Island. Police did not say how he died. An autopsy is to be performed Wednesday.

A search for Sublett, who represented District 2 on St. Simons, Jekyll and Sea islands, began after his wife reported him missing to police at about 2:30 a.m.

His car was found at the park, near the river, where Glynn County Police and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation were gathering evidence at about 10 a.m.

At a press conference at the Public Safety Complex at 11 a.m., Police Chief Matt Doering said Sublett was last seen alive at about 10:30 p.m. Monday in Sterling, in western Glynn County, where he had given a friend a ride following a social gathering with the friend and others.

At 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, his wife dialed 911 and reported her husband missing after calling his friends, who told her they did not know where he was. Police and friends began searching for him.

A friend found his vehicle, a Toyota Avalon, at about 4 a.m. at Gascoigne Bluff Park, which is just over a mile from his residence, and the search continued.

Commissioner Sublett's body was found in the river by a friend at about 6 a.m.

Doering said Sublett's wallet was found on his body but noted than some other personal effects were missing. He did not elaborate.

Doering met privately with county commissioners, several of whom were visibly shaken, following the press conference.

Police are searching the Frederica River, though they did not say what they were looking for.

Doering said the Federal Bureau of Investigation also is involved in the case.

Sublett was to finish his first and only term as a commissioner Dec. 31. He did not seek re-election.

Candice Temple, spokeswoman for the county, said the mood around the county offices was somber. Sublett was well-liked and was a quality public servant, Temple added.



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