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Body identified as Albany missing woman

October 13, 2003

Albany -- The woman found dead in a Worth County creek Saturday is a missing Albany woman. Sonyanna Thomas disappeared October 2nd.

She apparently interrupted a burglary at her home and the burglar strangled her. The 30-year-old Thomas' body was found in the water in a part of Worth County called "Skeeter Beach."

Off Highway 300 at the Mercer Creek bridge, it's a favorite spot for fishing. Two fishermen spotted the body in the water a hundred yards off the road Saturday afternoon around two. Fingerprints confirm it is Sonyanna Thomas.

Lt. Kenn Singleton said "This is changing from a missing person to a homicide case now." Witnesses at the murder scene tell Newscenter Ten that Thomas had a bag over her head, and had been asphyxiated or strangled. The witnesses say it appeared she had been in the water for several days. Investigators are questioning a man with a criminal record, but they aren't talking about it.

Investigator Scott Mullen said "We're still talking with people from the past and the future. We're still talking with people calling us."

Sonyanna Thomas was last seen dropping off her three children at school October 2nd. The children found their home burglarized. Items missing from the home were later found at a pawn shop.

Investigator Mullen said "It was very emotional for the families part as well as the Investigators in the Police Department." Now Investigators know for sure a murder has been committed, and try to find who killed Sonyanna Thomas and dumped her body in a Worth County creek.

Sonyanna Thomas' body was sent to the Atlanta crime lab for an autopsy. The results are pending.

posted at 4:42 PM byjimw@walb.com