William Thomas Embree (Image: Lexington County Detention Center)
Lexington County, SC (WLTX) - Lexington County deputies are charging a suspect with murder in connection with the Christmastime disappearance of a West Columbia man.
William Thomas "Tommy" Embree, 34, has been booked on charges of murder and kidnapping.
Deputies now believe he's responsible for the death of 22-year-old Michael Jody George.
Officers say back on December 23, 2011, Embree and George were at Shooter's Bar on the Charleston Highway. Deputies say the two were acquaintances.
Witnesses told investigators that George was drunk at the time, and people reported seeing Embree put George in George's Nissan Sentra and drive away.
George's brother reported him missing on December 25th. His father found his abandoned car later that same day.
As it turns out, Embree was already in prison at the Kershaw Correctional Institution. He'd been sentenced back in March of this year on an assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature charge.
Investigators say they also have forensic evidence that links Embree to George's disappearance and death. George's body has never been found.
Deputies believe other people may be connected to the crime.
Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or e-mail a tip in to Crimestoppers of the Midlands. You can also text information in by texting "TIPSC" plus your message to CRIMES (274637). Either way you choose, your identity will remain anonymous, and you could be eligible for a cash reward.