Family: Missing Phenix City mom found dead

By Lindsey Connell - bio | email

PHENIX CITY, AL (WXTX) – Family members of Yamisha Thomas say the missing mother's body has been found. Sources say her remains were found in a grave covered in cement.

The 30-year-old mother of two has been missing since the early afternoon of Saturday April 23, where she was last seen in Phenix City at a soul food restaurant with her boyfriend.

She was supposed to be en route to visit friends in Columbus but she never made it. Her red Chevrolet Avalanche was found parked behind the Breast Care Center in Columbus that following Monday.

Even though Thomas lives in Phenix City, her mother lives in Columbus and reported her missing to the Columbus Police Department. Investigators on both sides of the river have been searching for her for a month.

Columbus and Phenix City police officers along with ABI agents blocked off an area on 11th Avenue in south Phenix City Monday night but officials will only say they are investigating "suspicious activity." Officers have been seen going down a dirt road into a wooded area.

Witnesses tell WXTX they saw police lead a man in handcuffs through the woods and he came out with his head down and we're told a tip led authorities to that area but so far, police are not confirming any of the new developments.

Thomas' brother says her family was notified that her remains had been found Monday and one of her brothers was brought to the scene on 11th Avenue to identify her body.

From the time she went missing a month ago, her family feared something horrible had happened to her because she would never abandon her two daughters.

According to police, Thomas' boyfriend was taken into custody shortly after she vanished because of a probation violation.

There were reports that he took police to her body but her boyfriend's attorney, Stacey Jackson, told News Leader 9 Monday night that his client did not speak to any officers Monday nor did he leave the Muscogee County Jail all day. Jackson says no charges have been filed against Thomas' boyfriend.

In a press release Tuesday, Captain Frank Ivey, who oversees the Phenix City Police Department's Investigative Division released the following: "May 23, 2011 at approximate 18:00 hrs The Phenix City Police responded to the 300 block of 11th Ave So., in response to a report of a suspicious activity. After some investigation, a shallow grave was discovered with possible human remains therein. This area is in a heavily wooded area. The remains were taken by the Russell County Coroner Office to the Alabama Department of Forensic Science for an autopsy, and possible identification. The subject that was found has not been identified. The case is being investigated by Criminal Investigation Division of the Phenix City Police Department."

WXTX is following this story and will bring you the latest information as it becomes available to us.

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