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Tomorrow, his three children in Madison, and his mother in Mississippi, will fondly remember a father and son - as Tuesday would have been George Thomas's 67th birthday. There will be no celebration. Nearly two years ago, on August 22nd, 2007, Thomas was murdered inside a motel room at the Kings Inn, 915 W. Beltline Highway. The Madison Police Department believes this was a targeted act of violence.

Two Madison Police detectives continue to work the Thomas case full-time. More than 100 people have been interviewed, over 1000 pages of police reports filed. New leads are coming in, and forensic evidence is still being analyzed. Some persons of interest have been identified, but thus far no arrests have been made. Detectives are convinced there are people who know what happened to Mr. Thomas, and they strongly urge them to come forward.

At the time of his death, news articles were written about risky behavior that could have placed Mr. Thomas in danger. His family would like the community to know, or remember, his many positive attributes, and the life history that led him to Madison in search of a good place to raise his children

Thomas was disabled, walked with a limp, having been injured in a logging accident in Mississippi at the age of 18. He decided to journey north, first to Chicago in 1960 where a sister lived, and onto Madison a decade later, which was home to a cousin. Thomas quickly fell in love with the community. He worked many years in construction, and also ran his own tire business. Friends and family describe him as good, friendly, peaceful, and caring person, always willing to help someone in need. He was relatively well known in parts of the south side, where most called him "Pops," "Jody," or "Tire Man."

George Thomas is deeply missed by many. His mother calls frequently, wondering about the status of his case. His children loved him, and want to see the person (persons) responsible for his death brought to justice.

Not all families have the means to generate large reward funds, but there is up to $1,000 available through Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

New fliers, seeking citizen assistance, were circulated in the MPD South District this past weekend.

The case is not cold. It remains active, and those working on it will also take a moment to remember George Thomas on his birthday.


  • Capt. Joe Balles, 266-5938
  • Joel DeSpain, 266-4897
  • Madison Area Crime Stoppers, 266-6014