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Body found at Huxley Bay believed to be veteran missing since March

Thomas Thornton
Thomas Thornton(Tyler County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 25, 2021 at 10:49 AM CDT
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SHELBY COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - A body found submerged in an SUV at the Toledo Bend Reservoir Sunday is believed to be a Tyler County man last seen in March.

The missing veteran, 72-year-old Thomas Thornton, was last seen on surveillance footage from a Hemphill gas station on March 26.

The sheriff’s office is waiting for autopsy results to confirm his identity.

A dive crew team called Chaos Divers that works in conjunction with the organization Adventures With Purpose met with Thornton’s family Sunday at Huxley Bay Marina since that was the last location where his cell phone location was traced, according to KDFM.

“There’s that sadness but at the same time you are allowing them to start that whole process of healing instead of this process of just wondering and never knowing,” said Lindsay Bussick, a member of the Chaos Divers team. “So there’s always kind of sadness linked to it, but at the same time there’s a lot of gratitude, but we are always thankful that they even allow us to come in and help.”

“When we brought Thomas home, his nephew came up and gave me a huge hug,” said Jacob Grubbs, lead diver for Chaos Divers. “Right there that was payment enough. It hurt, but I’m just glad that they’re home. "

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