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Sister told police Talahi Island man was 'butchered'

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New details emerge about the death Talahi Island man. The body of Thomas Phelps was discovered Sunday night by Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Island Precinct officers in the garage of his home on Nilsson Drive after a relative told police she saw his body there.

His son Preston Phelps, 14, and his wife, Judith Ann Phelps, 53, were charged on Sunday with concealing his death. They faced new charges on Tuesday.

Preston is charged as in adult in his father's death. Judith Ann Phelps is now charged with making false statements, hindering an investigation and tampering with evidence. She was denied bond in court on Tuesday. Prosecutors said in court that Judith Phelps was not cooperating with police.

According to a Bloomingdale police report, Judith Phelps' sister told police Phelps' body was 'butchered' and that his fingers were cut off.

Police responded to Judith Phelps' sister who was driving and was pulled over on Interstate 16. According to the report, Judith Phelps' sister called 911 and the call was routed to Bloomingdale.

According to the report, the sister told police she went to the Phelps' home on Talahi Island to check on her and that's when she noticed Thomas Phelps' body.

She told police he was "butchered" and his fingers were cut off, according to the police report. The sister said she left the house right away and called her husband. According to the report, her husband told her to call police.

The officer says the sister was crying and extremely emotional. According to the report, the officer asks the sister who Preston is and she responded, "My sister's son and he killed Tom."

The sister was then told to go to the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Station. 

SCMPD's Violent Crimes detectives are continuing to investigate the death and circumstances pertaining to it.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the SCMPD Violent Crimes Division at 912.651.6728 or CrimeStoppers at 912.234.2020. Tipsters remain anonymous and may qualify for a cash reward.
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