Who were David Sigers and James Thomas? US Army veteran and father of 4 killed in ‘execution-style’ double homicide
MACCLENNY, FLORIDA: According to deputies from the Baker County Sheriff's Office, David "Daniel" Sigers and James Michael "Bo" Thomas were found dead with multiple gunshot wounds in a house off Sawtooth Road on August 1. Sheriff Scotty Rhoden said it has been so many years since Florida’s Baker County had a homicide that he can’t remember the last one. At a news conference on August 3, Rhoden said "Autopsies were performed.... We can say that these two victims were brutally murdered and may have been targeted. Let’s make no mistake about it: This was an execution-style murder.”
The shocking details of the incident are terrifying people in this sparsely populated county of about 30,000 as much about the case remains a mystery, with no known suspects and no known motive. Investigators believed they were shot over the weekend. “Deputies entered the residence and found two adult males in different parts of the house deceased from what appear to be gunshot wounds,” the sheriff’s office said, according to Miami Herald.
Deputies are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information regarding the murder of two men in Macclenny. The Florida Sheriffs’ Association (FSA) Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program (CAAP) have teamed up with the sheriff's office to investigate the double homicide. Among the details which were not revealed include how many times the men were shot, why investigators believe they were targeted, and why the crime scene is described as “brutal.” Rhoden also said that there is no evidence the killings are drug related. Sigers had no criminal history and Thomas only had “some minor misdemeanor offenses” on his record, officials say.
Investigators are asking neighbors to report if they saw any strange or unusual activity over the weekend. “There’s nothing that’s too small,” Rhoden says. An obituary reports it happened at Sigers’ home, where he maintained “a quiet, private life.” He “was a lifelong resident of Baker County,” who played nose guard for the Baker High Wildcats football team and served in the US Army, the obituary says.
Thomas also grew up in Macclenny and attended Baker High, according to his obituary. He owned Bo Thomas Construction LLC and was a father of four. Both men were avid hunters and talented musicians, with Thomas serving as a member of the Whiskey Moon String Band and the Modern Day Troubadours, his obituary says. There is no evidence of an “imminent threat” to people living in the sparsely populated area, the sheriff’s office says. However, that hasn’t eased fears or stopped speculation over the motive. Many people have questions, which aren’t being answered at this time.
“Why do you think they were targeted? If they were targeted how do you know they won’t target someone else in the same area?” Angie Vlacos Sams asked on the sheriff’s office Facebook page. “Obviously more than 1 person did this. This had to have been 2 or more,” Micah Morrison wrote. “Someone knows something! People talk,” Eric Howard said. “Say your prayers and lock all doors and have your weapon handy,” Michelle Dawn Lowe Baughman posted.