Human remains found in Lowndes County belong to Dallas County man

Published 2:43 pm Monday, September 20, 2021

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The human remains found in the Alabama River belonged to a Dallas County man.

According to Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson, the remains found are Thomas Suther of Dallas County.

Jackson said on the run from police for felony charges that had been filed against him in 1989 for rape and sexual assault. He added that  the victim or victims were juveniles.

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On November 9, 2020, Suther’s 1986 Chevrolet Blazer SUV was pulled from the water in the same location. A fisherman found his

remains on September 9, 2021, near the boat ramp.

The Montgomery Fire/Rescue Dive Team helped recover any more human remains and evidence.

The dive team searched with an underwater drone as well as putting divers in the water.

The remains were sent to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for analysis. They confirmed it was Suther.

“The skeleton from a Dallas County man had a pending rape and sexual assault charge,” Jackson said. “He escaped from jail and has been on the run as a fugitive. This is a rapc suspect who has been taken off the streets permanently.”