Murder of Phenix City mother resolved, boyfriend found guilty

victim: Yamisha Thomas
victim: Yamisha Thomas

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - The murder of a Phenix City mother is finally resolved more than two years after her disappearance.

On Oct. 25, the Russell County Court found Sylvester Davis, Jr. guilty of murdering his girlfriend, Yamisha Thomas in 2011. His sentencing is scheduled for November 15.

Thomas, the 30-year-old mother of two, was missing for a month before her body was found in May, 2011.

Prior to the discovery, family and friends of Thomas held vigils, posted billboards, and waited, hoping for a shred of good news. Their hope was crushed when her 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 Sheppard.

The nephew of the property owner where Thomas's body was found spoke to our cameras the day she was unearthed. Toby Dixon said he couldn't believe this type of crime occurred on his uncle's land.

"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," said Dixon.

Police said Thomas' boyfriend, Sylvester Davis Jr., was the last person to see her alive. He was charged  with driving on a suspended license and probation violation while investigators built a case for murder. Davis had a criminal history prior to these event which includes serious traffic violations and drug charges.

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