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Authorities ID man found dead in July 9 fire debris

By July 19, 2014

Robert Thomas III

Homicide victim Robert Thomas III, 43, of Fairfield, is shown in this photo provided by the Solano County Sheriff's Office. (Daily Republic/Solano County Sheriff's Office)

VACAVILLE — Authorities announced Friday that they have identified the man found dead July 9 in the debris of a rural Vacaville fire.

Robert Thomas III, 43, of Fairfield, is the victim of a suspected homicide, Solano County Sheriff’s Office officials said.

The fire happened at about 3:30 a.m. July 9 on the 6700 block of Pleasants Valley Road. It burned down a tractor shed and destroyed or damaged a number of plastic bins and storage pallets. Vacaville-area firefighters found the body of Thomas after they knocked down the fire.

It took days to identify Thomas. In the meantime, his death was ruled a homicide. Authorities have not released the cause of Thomas’ death.

Anyone with any information about the fire or about Thomas’ death is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office Investigations Bureau at 784-7050.

Reach Glen Faison at 427-6925 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GlenFaison.

Glen Faison

Glen Faison

Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He previously worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid fan of the NFL's Washington team, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He's a member of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club and a board member for the Solano County Library Foundation. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.
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