Missing man's family speaks about identified remains

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Skeletal remains found last week in a wooded area near Whitney and Harvester Lane have been identified as a missing Memphis man.

Marlon Thomas, 23, was reported missing last June, when family members became concerned after he missed work for several days.

"I know somebody knows something," said Crystal Thomas.  "It's eating them up."

Crystal Thomas keeps her brother Marlon Thomas close to her heart.  She has his name tattooed on her chest.

"That's where he's always be," she said.

She hopes he is also weighing heavily on the heart of the person who killed him.

"If you were in my shoes," she said.  "Help me."

Thomas's remains were identified by the medical examiner one week after a survey crew found them near General DeWitt Spain Airport.  The ME ruled his death a homicide.

"It makes me sick to my stomach someone would be that cruel to harm someone like that," said Crystal Thomas.  "What could he have done that bad to where you would want to throw him out there like he's trash?"

Action News 5 was there in the days and weeks following Thomas's disappearance last summer.   His family eventually accepted his death but never had a sense of closure, until now.

"We have found his remains you know," said aunt Gloria Swift.  "In time, weeks or whatever, a burial can be performed."

The family prays Marlon Thomas' remains will help police figure out exactly what happened to him and who was responsible.

"And these are things me and my family, we don't know right now," said Crystal Thomas.

Crystal Thomas lives in Wisconsin and said the flight to Memphis was grueling knowing the news that awaited here.

Days after Marlon Thomas was reported missing, police found his car, but he was never found.

The skeletal remains were located last Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward.  If you can help police, call Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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