Special to the Enterprise
Tom Sublett, the quiet, well-respected county commissioner in the small Georgia town of St. Simons Island, Ga. who was found dead in December in a local marina with a bullet in his brain and his hands bound, committed suicide, coroners have ruled.
Authorities recovered the body of the respected 52-year-old Glynn County commissioner floating in a marina that was just a short walk away from his home Dec. 11. When he was found, his hands were bound together in front of him with zip ties and he had been shot in the head.
The unusual circumstances of his death touched off an intense debate in the small coastal Georgia town of about 14,000, 75 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla., over whether the well-liked Sublett had committed suicide or been the victim of foul play.
Sublett’s initial autopsy confirmed that the deceased father of four had died by drowning. But the mysterious case was referred to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, which classified the incident as a “death investigation” and opened up an investigation into whether Sublett was murdered or killed himself.