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Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 9:16am

Commissioner Dies In Suspected Slaying

Updated: 4 years ago.
Police on the Georgia coast say they suspect foul play in the death of a Glynn County commissioner whose body was found in the Frederica River on St. Simons Island. Police found Commissioner Tom Sublett in the water early Tuesday. His car was nearby and Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering says officers found the commissioner's wallet with some items missing. (photo courtesy of Glynn County)

Police in coastal Glynn County are investigating the suspected slaying of a county commissioner.

The body of Tom Sublett was found in the Frederica River early morning.

The news has sent shock waves through the community.

Sublett was a Rotarian and active with several boards and community groups.

Brunswick Mayor Bryan Thompson says he was one of the area's busiest volunteers.

"If he wasn't actively on a board of directors, he was involved with an organization in some way, shape or form," Thompson says. "If it was an organization that was looking to better the lives of people in our community, Tom was somewhere there."

He was first elected to the commission in 2008, having served as Chairman of the Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber President Woody Woodside says he'll remember Sublett as being quick with a joke.

"I'm just in kind of total shock right now," Woodside says. "Most of the community still is. It's hard to get that off your mind when something like that happens."

Police suspect foul play.

They found Sublett's body near his car and some items were missing from his wallet.

Sublett sold realty in Glynn County.

He was 52 years old.