Thomas Thornton Missing – Body found at Huxley Bay believed to be Vietnam veteran missing since March

Thomas Thornton Missing –  Update: Body found – Death – Obituary – A body found submerged in an SUV at the Toledo Bend Reservoir Sunday is believed to be a Tyler County man last seen in March.

The missing veteran, 72-year-old Thomas Thornton, was last seen on surveillance footage from a Hemphill gas station on March 24.

The sheriff’s office is waiting for autopsy results to confirm his identity.

A dive crew team from the organization Adventures With Purpose met with Thornton’s family Sunday at Huxley Bay Marina since that was the last location where his cell phone location was traced.

Earlier: The search to locate 72-year-old Vietnam Veteran Thomas Thornton who was last seen on March 25th, 2021 with a last cell phone pin in Huxley, Texas.

Thomas and his 2017 dark grey Ford Edge SUV was spotted on surveillance cameras at Hemphill Fuel on March 24th.

Identifying a long road that ended directly into the water near Huxley Bay Boat Ramp led AWP to start their search at the end of the road at 9:00 A.M. this morning.

By 9:12 A.M. Jared and Jeremy identified a target in the shape of a car, marked it with a magnet with Jacob and Doug diving on it shortly after.
A phone call was placed to 911 at 10:05 A.M. letting the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office know that we had dove on our target, found a Ford Edge, pulling the license plate #NJJ8580.
Visibility was less than 6 inches.

Thomas’ 2 sisters and nephew arrived around 9:15 A.M. this morning and were on scene, being notified of the matching license plate prior to the 911 call. Without the county having a dive team, AWP was responsible for the vehicle recovery.

Once on shore, the driver’s side windows were broken out to identify and confirm that Thomas was inside. A full autopsy will need to be conducted before the final confirmation

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office was very cordial and great to work with, sharing their appreciation of our efforts to bring closure to the Thornton family. It is our honor to have brought Thomas home for a proper Military Burial.

We are humbled by the opportunity all of you have given us to help in the search for answers as to what happened to Thomas.