CANADIAN, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — The Texas Attorney General said on Wednesday there is no viable evidence of foul play in the death of Thomas Brown and the investigation into his death is suspended.
According to the statement, the investigation has been a collaborative effort between the Hemphill County Sheriff’s Office, the Texas Attorney General’s Criminal Investigations Division, Texas Rangers and the FBI.
The investigation is suspended pending any newly discovered, credible evidence.
Read the entire joint statement with other law enforcement here.
Thomas Brown was last seen on the night of Nov. 23, 2016. Since his disappearance, investigators said they have exhausted their resources and spent thousands of hours to find out what happened.
According to private investigators, Brown’s remains were found off Lake Marvin Rd., near Lake Marvin, about 19 miles east of Canadian on Wednesday, January 9.
On Wednesday, private investigators, the family of Thomas Brown and the district attorney met in Pampa. It was announced the Attorney General’s investigators were unable to come to a conclusion regarding Thomas’ death.
“I think they’ve done a good job. I don’t have anything against the Attorney General people, the rangers. I don’t have anything against the sheriff’s office,” said Kelly Brown, Thomas Brown’s father. “The facts are the facts. They don’t have enough evidence.”
Klein Investigations & Consulting (KIC), private investigators hired by the family, also released a statement Wednesday. It reads in part:
“We would like to make it clear that the Attorney General’s office was unable to determine that Thomas died from suicide or homicide. Therefore, they have made the decision, pending any new information or evidence, that their case is suspended.”Klein Investigations & Consulting
Philip Klein, the lead investigator at KIC, said they will continue to investigate the case and review evidence.
“That does not mean that it’s closed, that does not mean it’s a cold case. It just means they’re placing it in suspension until all the teams can review what they have, number one, and number two, try to put together another cohesive plan on how to attack the case,” Klein added.
Thomas’ father said in the meantime, he has peace about his son’s death because of his faith in God.
“I love Tom with all my heart, still do. I didn’t quit loving him. I still love him and I ask God pretty regular to give him a hug for me,” Brown said.