FERRIER FILES: Family speaks about James Thomas' murder
NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
James Thomas' family reported him missing Jan. 15. Since that first day, his family has been in agony.
They suspected from day one that James Thomas was murdered because James just wasn’t the type to do anything out of the ordinary. Although he was 38 years old, his family said he had the mind of a 10-year-old.
“He wasn't a brother to us, he was a kid," said. "Me, my sister and older brother we protected James. If something happened, we was there."
"This is a tight family. That boy they caught us one morning, we never thought the last time we said goodbye was goodbye."
James Thomas was working at Blinker Light cleaning out Port-a-Let's. He lived in an adjacent apartment.
The family knew something was wrong when he didn’t call the entire day of Jan. 14. Each member thought he called the other one so they didn’t notice him missing for one day.
“He called all of us all the time,” said sister Samantha Hamilton. “He just had to tell us about his day.”
“I was here all the time, he loved going to the Waffle House,” said brother Josh Hogan. "We watched over him…we just missed that one day."
James Thomas was found dead Friday in Cheatham County. Police said he was found dead on the side of a steep cliff in Kingston Springs after he was killed in Nashville.
“Drug addicts probably,” Hogan said. “He was an easy mark. They prey on the weak. I think somebody was bad off on something. My brother was weak, but the crazy thing is he would have given him that money."
As of Tuesday night, no suspects have been arrested for Thomas' murder, but detectives are pursuing strong leads.
There are still so many unanswered questions, but there is something the family wants to do for James.
“My brother could never own a motorcycle, but if we could escort him to the cemetery with as many bikes as possible, he would be the happiest kid alive,” Hogan said.
The family is asking all area bike owners to come on out at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at West Harpeth Funeral Home on Charlotte Pike. They said to line up in the parking lot and escort James Thomas to the cemetery.
Police are urging anyone with information about Thomas' murder to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers can remain anonymous.