Terry “Bubba” Rewis Update #1

Finding those responsible for Terry’s murder has been quite a journey. There is now an updated timeline, that I will include below, plus several pieces of crucial information given by witnesses that have come forward. As always, those who have shared their information and given statements will remain completely anonymous. I will also include information about those responsible and point out certain aspects that show that this is indeed a homicide case.

Updated timeline of Terry’s final hours

~April 20, 2002 @ 12:30-1:30pm- Terry, along with James Kirby, stop to clean up, change clothes and head to the Redbreast Festival.

~2:00pm- They arrive at the festival and Terry meets up with his girlfriend.

~5:30pm- Terry’s girlfriend leaves the festival to go to work. She has verified that Terry had his cellphone, backpack and gold cross necklace in his possession.

~8:30pm- Terry calls Jessica Taylor to confirm their plans after the festival.

~9:30pm- Terry and James Kirby fight. Several witnesses have come forward about seeing the fight and corroborate the fact that both gentlemen were asked to the leave the festival. Terry begins walking down Hwy 56 at this time.

~10:30pm- Witnesses see Terry walking near the little country store on Hwy 56 in Summertown.

~11:00-11:30pm- Terry is picked up by several men in a pickup truck. A fight begins, with Terry being outnumbered by absolute cowards, and lasts for a couple miles in the back of the truck. Finally, as Terry is getting the upper hand on them, they panic and throw him over the side of the truck as it is speeding down the highway. The driver then proceeds to back up over Terry, while his belongings are collected, and then speeds forward striking him again.

~April 21, 2002 @ 12 midnight- The past foster brother goes home crying to his mom about what he has been an accomplice to. He spends his time panicking and making phone calls about Terry’s murder.

~1:30am- Terry’s girlfriend is informed of his death and picked up from work. She is told nothing other than “Terry was in an accident and has died”.

~3:00am- The past foster brother calls Jessica Taylor. He informs her that Terry has been in an accident and has passed away. Jessica begins making phone calls to hospitals and such trying to find Terry to validate the previous phone call.

~6:30am- Terry’s body is finally discovered (7-7 1/2 hours AFTER his murder). Two hunters come upon Terry’s body in the middle of Hwy 56 and call 911.

~6:52am- Terry is pronounced dead at the scene.

~9:30am- The first family member (Terry’s sister, Jeannie) is informed of his death.

It seems that at least 6 cowards possibly had a hand in this. I’ve given each of the gentlemen a lovely nickname since their actual names haven’t been publicly released yet.

1. Mr. Foster Brother- This one has major jealousy issues. He has spent his life walking in the shadows of others, especially Terry. He likes to lie and brag about things he’s never done. He has a very hard time keeping a partner and feels everyone owes him something. He has actually been spoken to about Terry’s murder and came up with a whopping 3 lies in less than 5 minutes! The last thing he wanted to say about Terry’s murder was, “Just let the damn dead stay dead, in the ground and gone.” Sound likes a lovely person huh?

2. Mr. BM – No, it doesn’t stand for ‘bowel movement’. Although, he does remind me of a piece of shit. This guy likes to be in charge. He wants women to bow down to him and the men to fear him. He has had a history of abuse against women and some of those women have bravely come forward to discuss their experiences. He also took it upon himself, along with Mr. Chauffeur, to run one of Terry’s friends off the road one night after making several threatening phone calls.

3. Mr. Chauffeur- This one here likes to pretend he did nothing wrong. He thinks that he can lay low for almost two decades and this will “just go away”. I mean, all he did was drive…right? Wrong, he’s absolutely wrong. He’s gotten quite comfortable over the years pretending this was swept under the rug. But little does he know, people have come forward with his name and his laid back life is going to take a drastic turn!

4. Mr. Teardrop Transgressor- This guy…this damn guy. I almost have to giggle at this one. He likes to pretend he’s a good guy that just happens to make bad decisions. He also likes to make threatening phone calls thinking that’ll stop this case from moving forward and getting arrests made. Ha! He talks a tough game and inks himself up so he looks intimidating.

5. Mr. Pretend Patriarch- This idiot pretends to “help” with information while thinking that lending assistance will throw you off. He plays the daddy role like he actually has a heart and cares for other human beings, but he really only cares about himself. He even throws other people under the bus in order to attempt to clear his name.

6. Mr. Stock Car- This one here has been quiet. He has burned a few bridges and tried to keep to himself in hopes that distance will keep him out of a case file. It hasn’t worked though. He is a fighter who doesn’t mind throwing the first punch and always insists on throwing the last. He hopes his reputation will hinder anyone asking questions and such. That hasn’t worked either though.

I guess Mr. Teardrop Transgressor doesn’t mind admitting he’s a drunk and a fool.
Seems like Mr. Foster Brother likes to live in denial about his own lying issues. But I guess being a narcissist makes him point out other people’s faults and not his own!
Here’s where the jealousy and pity party come in for Mr. Foster Brother

Here are some maps to provide you with a better visual than what was in the last post. My drawing skills are horrible, so I figured this time it would be better to actually print out a map and add pins so you could get a better idea of where this happened, the short distance covered during this tragedy and how close to Terry’s body these cowards lived at the time.

The top point shows the location of the Redbreast Festival. The middle point shows the location of the country store where Terry was last seen alive. The bottom point shows where Terry’s body was found.
The red pins represent where the cowards lived at that time in 2002. The green pin is where Terry was found. Kinda morbid when you think how close they all were while he was lying dead in the middle of the highway huh?

Facts to prove this was murder:

1. The assault and conversation in the months preceding Terry’s death- As you may recall from the first post, Terry was assaulted a few months before he died. He was walking to his sister’s house when someone pulled up along side him and threw a bottle that caused a severe laceration to his head. As he was being tended to, Terry told his sister about the possibility of people coming after him and killing him. He wanted her to know that whatever happens would NOT be an accident.

2. Terry’s “final goodbye” to his friends- The weekend before his murder was a somber time. Terry spent an evening expressing his gratitude to his friends for always being there for him and making him feel loved. He wanted them to know they were important to him and that he cherished his time with them. I firmly believe that he knew something bad was going to take place soon. He had to have an idea of the tragedy waiting around the corner.

3. The updated timeline- The new timeline has much more information and fills in the time throughout that final night. Mr. Foster Brother still plays a huge role. The fact that he knew of Terry’s murder and began telling people immediately puts him right in the middle of the crime. He actually began telling people 7-7 1/2 hours before Terry’s body was even found!

4. The missing items- Terry always had his cellphone, backpack and gold cross necklace with him. These items were missing from the crime scene. Now, riddle me this…how many times have you heard of a hit and run happening where the driver stops their vehicle, backs up and collects items off the deceased? Go ahead, I’ll wait……… Yea, I’ve never heard of it either. This wasn’t just some hit and run. Someone didn’t accidentally hit Terry Rewis, stop his/her car and steal items off his dead body. Hit and run offenders hit someone and take off immediately. This was a murder and those involved took these items before hitting him with the truck and leaving. They thought he had money in the backpack, wanted to remove anything that may contain evidence from the fight and figured the cellphone would have incriminating calls or text messages.

5. 6 POI’s (persons of interest) + witness statements- Throughout the course of this investigation, I’ve gathered evidence and statements that show six cowardly men were involved in Terry’s murder. These men have inhaled fresh air for almost two decades without a thought of the crime they committed all those years ago. And another thing that bothers me is the fact that some individuals close to them have known all these years and never came forward to do the right thing.

6. Mr. Teardrop Transgressor has gotten a little worried and antsy now that his involvement has been brought out in the open. He has called Terry’s sister, Jeannie, just to let her know he’s around. He and another convict even tried the tactic of calling Jeannie with an elaborate story to attempt to make her throw in the towel. I guess when the going gets tough the cowards try and scare others into silence.

7. Location, motive and opportunity- As you can see on the map, location played a key role here. They were all in the area and with the festival going on, all were pretty much together. Motive is simple. Jealousy took over two of them, one was mad because he didn’t get his way and they all loved to fight. Opportunity was all too easy with the festival going on as well. Terry left walking down Hwy 56 and it was well know he walked everywhere he went. Finding him wouldn’t have been hard to do by any means. Mr. BM simply rounded up his posse of losers and went after Terry without a second thought.

As we approach the 18th year of this wicked murder, I hope all the knowledge gained in this case will soon bring complete closure to Terry’s family. Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with Terry’s mother. She is still suffering and yearns for the day those responsible will be put behind bars and her son is finally set free.

As always, please feel free to call or message with any information you may have related to Terry’s murder. I can promise that you will stay anonymous.

To those responsible: I can also make you a promise. I promise that your day is coming. I refuse to give up and let you continue living outside those steel bars.

Morgan Lane (912) 349-9844

Lead Investigator David McVey (478) 237-7526

Terry “Bubba” Rewis

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

Terry Rewis…How does one even begin to describe him? Are there even enough words to make people understand the simple yet complex life that he lived? I’ve had the incredible privilege of talking to his friends and family for quite a while now. Basically, to know Terry was to love Terry. He was one of those rare diamonds you were lucky enough to stumble upon, and that scarcity made you hold on to him for dear life every day thereafter.

Terry Brooks Rewis didn’t have a fairytale childhood. There were six children within this family and Terry’s parents divorced while his mother was pregnant with him. Terry’s mother struggled during her pregnancy, at one point living out of her car for a bit.

Terry’s siblings didn’t get to meet him until he was a little over a year old. He’s remembered as being a good baby, happy and chunky! He and his mother soon moved to Portal, Ga, which was closer to family.

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

Life didn’t quite gain structure and normalcy for Terry though. Around the age of 3, he and his mother were living with a friend of hers. One afternoon Terry’s mom left with an unknown gentleman. Terry was left in the care of her friend. As with any toddler, Terry was adventurous and curious. He wandered outside the home and into town. The stranger that found him claimed he was asking for him mother. It was at this point Terry was put into foster care.

Terry bounced around in foster care until the age of 13-14 years old. He stayed with his father and siblings for a bit, but decided that “structure” wasn’t for him. Terry had become a loner with a gypsy soul. Around the age of 16 he began living life on his own.

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

From the age of 16 on, Terry moved around from place to place. The one person he stayed with the most was Jessica, a dear friend of his. He kept his close friends near and dear to his heart but didn’t stay in one place long. He even hopped on a bus to Oklahoma at one point just for a change of scenery! He lived all over Georgia, coming and going as he pleased. He made money here and there doing construction work and always made time to visit and hang out with his close friends. He didn’t care much for possessions. All he ever carried were his green backpack (which held his drawings, cell phone, charger and a small amount of money) and a gold cross around his neck that he never removed.

I can’t mention Terry’s friends without telling you about Jessica Taylor. Jessica meant the world to Terry. She was his “safe place to land” whenever he needed down time or time to feel like he belonged. They loved each other through thick and thin, through time and distance and through those crazy teenage years! Jessica has been an amazing ally and friend throughout this entire process of getting to know Terry and understanding how he lived and died. I can’t thank you enough, Jessica, for putting up with me! All the calls, messages and countless questions from me haven’t gone unnoticed. Thank you!

Photo provided by Jessica Taylor

Photo provided by Jessica Taylor

The last 6-8 months of Terry’s life seemed “normal” for all intents and purposes. Terry was living within the areas of Nunez, Metter and Swainsboro, Georgia. He was working construction with James Kirby, hanging out with friends and family and seemed to be settling down a little. But within this “normal” life, Terry had a shadow on his back that few knew about. Two to three months before his death, Terry was assaulted while walking down the street to visit his sister, Jeannie. Allegedly, a guy was driving by, hollering obscenities at Terry and threw a bottle at him. The bottle struck Terry’s head and left a nasty gash. Terry got to Jeannie’s house and she fixed him up as best as she could. According to Jeannie, Terry told her, “If I ever end up dead, it will not be an accident.” Terry told her that he had a couple people “on him that wanted him gone”. Jeannie, of course, questioned her brother relentlessly about his statements. She wanted to know what was going on and who wanted to hurt him. But Terry wouldn’t talk anymore about it. He didn’t want her to worry. He just wanted her to be aware of the situation.

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

The last two months of Terry’s life went by without incident. He seemed happy. His life seemed routine and natural. But the weekend before his death, that dreadful shadow emerged. He spent the weekend of April 12th with Jessica Taylor and a couple of their friends, which included one of his previous foster brothers. They stayed at the house that Jessica’s father owned. The weekend was typical with the exception of a late night conversation Terry had with Jessica and another friend. He expressed how much their love and friendship meant to him. He reminisced about the past and thanked them for always being there when he needed them the most. It almost seemed like a final goodbye. Terry was questioned about this. He was asked if everything was alright and given support if he needed it. But Terry, as usual, didn’t want anyone worrying about him. He ended the night with saying he just wanted them to know how he felt and how grateful he was. Could Terry have know of the impending doom that awaited him? Did he expect someone to come after him within the next week or so? Did he know a sort of count down had begun?

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

Terry spoke with a friend that following Tuesday or Wednesday and confirmed that he would return to Jessica’s that weekend following a festival he planned to attend.

Here is where the water gets muddy. According to friends and family, Terry was getting a ride to the Redbreast Festival in Midville, GA with James Kirby. They stopped to let Terry get cleaned up and change clothes before heading to the festival around 2pm. Terry enjoyed his time at the festival. There was good music, tailgating, good food and drinking. Terry called Jessica around 8:30pm to say he was having a good time and wanted to hang out a bit longer and then would be on his way to her house. Details get murky from this point.

According to witnesses, there was a fight between Terry and James Kirby. During the fight, someone called the police. The Midville PD arrived at the festival and told the guys to go their separate ways. I haven’t found an incident report and can assume no report was made due to the fight being broken up and the gentlemen leaving. No injuries were reported and no charges were filed. Terry left walking down Hwy 56 some time between 9-9:30pm. (Sadly, Mr. Kirby has since passed away. I’m not sure how he passed. I know he was questioned by the police at the time.) The timeline gets really hazy here. It would’ve taken about an hour to an hour and a half for Terry to reach the Prong Creek bridge, located a few miles outside Swainsboro, GA. Around 6:30am two hunters, a father and son, found Terry dead in the middle of the road on 56. They called 911 and waited for police to get there.

From what I’ve gathered of the crime scene and Terry’s injuries, it looks like more than just a hit and run. There was a great deal of blood at the location of Terry’s body in the road and about 19 or so feet of a blood trail. He was very bruised and battered. The other injuries are absolutely horrendous. There was a pool of blood in the middle of the road, where his body was originally. Then there was a blood trail about 19 feet long leading back towards Midville. The entire crime scene was about 85 ft, according to one report. His green backpack, cellphone and gold cross necklace were missing. Here is a diagram to better explain the scene.

Crappy drawing provided by me

The individual that struck Terry after his death was cleared and also passed a polygraph. In my opinion, there doesn’t seem to be any evidence of an original hit and run though. And speaking of that, a woman later told Jeannie that as far as she knew, Terry was thrown from the back of a truck going down Hwy 56! Even more mysterious is the fact that Jessica Taylor received a phone call that night, at 3am, from a previous foster brother of Terry saying that there had been an accident and Terry was dead! Now tell me this…how in the hell did this person know Terry was dead before he was even found by the hunters at 6:30am?!? How? This person knew at least 3 1/2 hours before Terry was even found that he was already dead! Jessica Taylor went immediately into panic mode! She called every hospital, jail and Sheriff’s department she could think of trying to find Terry. For two hours she called every single place within a 100 mile radius of Midville, GA. Jeannie was informed early that morning about the death of her brother and had the dreadful responsibility of telling her entire family.

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

There was a viewing for Terry before he was cremated. The day of the service was hard on his family and friends. But one oddity happened that day. A gentleman in a black dodge pick up truck parked across the street from the funeral home and stared for at least 45 minutes. Several of Terry’s friends began to grow agitated and yelled at the driver demanding his name and reason for being there. As soon as they took off after the gentleman, he sped off. Over the next few weeks several of Terry’s friends tried to find out what happened to him. They asked questions and searched high and low for anything that made sense pertaining to his death. One of his friends received a threatening phone call while at work. The mysterious caller simply stated, “Stop digging or you’ll end up just like Terry!” Eventually it started to look like they would never get answers.

Days, weeks, months and years have gone by with no definite answers. Over the years there have been several people that have gotten upset with Jeannie for continuously asking questions. Some people have offered up information only to give a sliver of info and then go silent.

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

Photo provided by Jeannie Ellis

Below are reports of evidence collected, the medical examiner’s report, autopsy report and Terry’s death certificate.

All documents provided by Jeannie Ellis
  • Breakdown of Terry’s last day alive:
    1. 12:30-1:30pm- Terry, riding with James Kirby, stopped at a friend’s house to clean up and change clothes.
      2:00pm- Terry arrived at the festival.
      8:30pm- Terry called Jessica Taylor to say he was staying a little longer and then would head to her house. (He seemed happy and fine.)
      8:30-9:30- The fight occurred, police were called and Terry left the festival walking down Hwy 56 towards Swainsboro. (The screenshots above, showing the messages between Jeannie and the woman, mention the fight being witnessed. Others have come forward saying they witnessed the fight as well.) I also want to mention that Terry walking was not uncommon at all. He tended to walk everywhere he went.
      3:00am- The phone call from the past foster brother to Jessica Taylor. He stated that, “there had been an accident and Terry was dead”. How did he know before 3am? Did someone call and inform him? Was he present during Terry’s death? Was he involved in any way? He has been asked several times over the last 17 years by Jessica and others how he knew that information but has never given an answer.
      6:00-6:15am- A woman returning home from work struck Terry while he was lying in the middle of the road. She thought she had hit a deer. It has been presumed that Terry was already deceased. I do believe he was already dead at that point.
      6:30am- The father and son hunters find Terry dead in the road and call 911.

    Things that make me believe Terry was murdered:

    1. The assault on Terry a couple months before his death and his conversation with Jeannie about someone wanting to get rid of him. He even mentioned that, in the event of his death, it would not be an accident.
    2. The “final goodbye” conversation with his friends the weekend before his death.
    3. The fight at the festival. Why? What was it about? We all know festival + drinking alcohol + fighting = disaster. Did the fight continue after Terry left the festival?
    4. The time frame after leaving the festival. If you consider the 3am phone call of his death, that means 9:30pm-3:00am (5 1/2 hours) is unaccounted for. Hwy 56 is pretty well traveled on a Saturday night. If this was only a hit and run, someone would’ve definitely seen him before 6:30am! Was he picked up by someone within the time frame? And we have to remember that Jeannie was told that Terry was thrown from the back of a truck! Who picked him up and threw him out? I have received statements from people about this and I have to say that they all match! Hmmmm….
    5. Terry’s green backpack, cellphone and gold cross necklace were not at the scene. Terry always carried that backpack. We know he had his cellphone because he used it to call Jessica from the festival. He never removed his necklace. So where are these items?
    6. Looking back at the screenshots above, who did the woman see driving the truck? Why was she so upset? What does she know about that night? And why stop talking to Jeannie before giving all the information?
    7. The 3am phone call. This boggles the hell out of me! How did the past foster brother know Terry was dead 3 1/2- 4 hrs before the body was found? Did he receive a call about it? Did he do it? Was he in on it? Why won’t he talk about it to anyone?
    8. The strange man in the pickup truck at the funeral home is sketchy. Why show up at a viewing and park across the street just to sit and stare for almost an hour?
    9. The strange, threatening phone call received by one of Terry’s friends. Who was it and why did he want him to stop looking into Terry’s death?

    Hopefully this case will be solved very soon! We are working very hard to bring those responsible for Terry’s murder to justice. I want to thank Jeannie Ellis for answering that first phone call and not hanging up! She really put her faith in me on this. She dealt with all my phone calls and constant questions! She’s been fighting for her brother for years, constantly hitting wall after wall after wall. But she never gave up. She pushed through all the obstacles and people that constantly bashed her online. Thanks for never giving up and allowing me into your life!

    If you have any information about this case please call one of the following numbers.

    Jeannie- 912-314-6540

    Emanuel County Sheriff’s Dept- 478-237-7526 Lead Investigator David McVey