Remains of missing Phenix City mom sent to lab for autopsy

Sylvester Davis (Source: Columbus Police Department)
Sylvester Davis (Source: Columbus Police Department)
Yamisha Thomas
Yamisha Thomas

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The 30-year-old mother of two, Yamisha Thomas, has been missing for one month and now police think they may have discovered her body.

After a month of waiting and fearing the worst, family and friends of Yamisha Thomas dreaded the news Monday night.

For weeks, they held vigils, posted billboards, and waited, hoping for any shred of good news. Instead, hope was apparently crushed when a body was found in the woods near the 300 block of 11th Avenue in Phenix City. Police say it was a shallow grave, sources say it was filled with cement.

"I prayed something would come up because it's been too long and nothing has been done. I knew God would answer but I did not want it to be like this though," said Yamisha's friend Shantrell Shepherd.

Tuesday morning, it was a quieter crime scene. News Leader 9 was granted inside access to the property where Thomas' body was found.

The nephew of the owner, Toby Dixon, said he couldn't believe something like this, could happen here, "It's something that happened close to a place I grew up in and I knew all about so I came as soon as I could to see what assistance I could be."

Officials are awaiting preliminary autopsy results to confirm the identity of that body. Family members tell us they are all but certain it is the body of a mother whose life was cut short.

Police say Thomas' boyfriend, Sylvester Davis, was the last person to see her alive. He has not officially been named a suspect in the case, but he has been sitting in the Muscogee County Jail, charged with driving on a suspended license and probation violation. News Leader Nine has learned Davis does have a criminal history, including serious traffic violations and drug charges.

The remains are currently being tested at the Alabama State Crime Lab. Because of decomposition, the coroner says they are trying to match dental records to see if this is in fact Yamisha Thomas. The preliminary autopsy is expected back in just a few days.

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