ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- A Glynn County community is waiting to find out what happened to a commissioner found dead Tuesday morning.
At about 10:30 p.m. Monday night, Glynn County Commissioner Tom Sublett dropped off a friend at his car in the Sterling area before going to hang out with a friend, according to Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering.
Hours later, at about 2:30 a.m., Sublett's wife realized that he never returned home and Doering said Sublett's wife then contacted a friend Sublett had been hanging out with the night before.
That friend went looking for Sublett but was unable to locate him, and Doering said eventually Sublett's wife contacted police to report him missing.
Officers began to search for Sublett, Doering said, launching boats to search the river near St. Simon's Island.
They weren't able to send out an aerial unit because Doering said it was too foggy. Doering said around 4 a.m. Sublett's car was found near Gascoigne Bluff Park, which is located along the river. Sublett was not in the vehicle.
A friend who had volunteered to aid in the search located Sublett's body at about 6 a.m. in the water near the St. Simons Marina, according to Doering.
Police are not releasing any further information on the condition of Sublett's body when it was found. Doering said Glynn County called in the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to aid in the investigation.
Doering also said he's spoken with a friend of his at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and asked the FBI to help them search the river bottom for evidence.
Doering would not specify what that evidence is. Sublett is tentatively slated for autopsy on Wednesday, Doering said.
Police are handling the case as a homicide investigation. "We always treat suspicous deaths as a homicide until we can prove otherwise," Doering said.
Anyone with information about the incident can contact either the Silent Witness Line at 912-264-1333 or contacting the tip line, which is staffed by a detective working this specific case, at 912-554-7847.
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