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3 years after Thomas' disappearance, questions remain
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Three years have passed since her son disappeared, and Carla Thomas still is waiting for answers about how he died.
Today marks three years since Cory Sharon Thomas went missing. His remains were found four months later, on March 2, 2011, in a wooded area in Bassett.
Every day since his disappearance has been agonizing for Carla Thomas, Cory’s mother.
“I still don’t know how my son died. All I know his body was throwed away,” she said.
The remains of the 19-year-old were found about 50 yards behind an abandoned home on Woodland Road in Bassett. Authorities have said that his body was not buried, but that someone had tried to conceal it.
Dental records and DNA were needed to identify him, according to authorities.
The case continues to be investigated as a homicide, Henry County Sheriff’s Lt. David White said Tuesday.
“This case is still active,” and Sgt. Steve Raines is the lead investigator, White said. Raines “hasn’t had any new leads recently, but he has conducted a few interviews.”
Getting answers about how Thomas died “will help give me some closure. Finding out what happened to my son and why,” Carla Thomas said. “Why would you leave him there? Cory had a good family and a good upbringing.”
Carla Thomas said she has been told authorities “are still working on it. What they do have they can’t tell me. I’m still begging people and in conversations ask, ‘What did you hear? What did you hear?’”
She said some of the answers she has heard are that her “son was fighting and he had an asthma attack and that’s what happened. Some said he was beaten. I would just like to know if he suffered. Either way, it was a homicide.”
Carla Thomas said her son suffered from asthma since he was born, but she does not think that was the cause of his death.
“He carried an inhaler, and that wasn’t found. Neither was his coat or glasses,” she said.
Before his remains were discovered, warrants had been issued for Cory Thomas on charges of first-degree murder, robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of murder in connection with Jason Miller’s death.
Miller’s body was found Nov. 17, 2010, in a shallow grave, about 75 yards behind an abandoned mobile home on Penrose Drive in Bassett.
At that time, Miller, 26, had not been seen for 28 days.
When he was last seen, Cory Thomas was living in a mobile home on Stillbrook Drive. An inventory of items seized when authorities searched the home included prescription paperwork for Thomas and an empty prescription box.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Raines at 656-4247; the sheriff’s office at 638-8751; or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463).
Rewards of up to $1,000 are offered through the Crimestoppers Program for information related to crime. The amount of any reward is determined by the nature of the crime and the substance of the information provided.