Battered, Bruised, and Betrayed: The Terry Brooks Rewis Story

Photo courtesy of the Is There No Justice For Terry Brooks “Bubba” Rewis Facebook Page

He went to a street festival in Midville, GA, with a group of friends. Some say he walked home after a fight broke out, and others say he was riding the back of a truck with a few other people. Either way, he ended up dead on the highway. What happened to this young man? Was this a fatal hit and run accident, or a vicious murder? Seventeen years later, the files are missing, and no one is sure what happened to Rewis.

Terry Brooks “Bubba” Rewis, 23 was a jokester and enjoyed spending time with his family. He had a rough childhood and found himself jumping from one foster home to another. His sister remembers he tried to make everyone laugh despite the difficult circumstances. By 2002, Rewis was living in Nunez, Georgia and was trying to get his life back together after a few run-ins with the law.
April 21, 2002, was the annual Ogeechee River Redbreast Festival in Midville, a town twenty-five miles north of Nunez. Rewis attended the festival with a friend named James Kirby and a few others. At some point, a fight broke out, and the police were called in to break it up. At this point in the narrative, the reports begin to vary. Some people say, Terry Rewis was asked to leave, so he took off walking towards home. This might be feasible if he lived in town. To make it back to Nunez, Terry would have to walk 25.7 miles south along HWY 56 in the dark. If you race down this highway on Google Earth, you will see there isn’t one street light to be found until you get down to Swainsboro.
Another witness claims, Terry and a group of people piled into a pickup truck and headed south. Terry and a few others were riding in the back. This witness also claims a fight broke out while the vehicle sped down the highway towards Swainsboro. During the scuffle, Terry Rewis was thrown from the moving vehicle and subsequently ran over. This was the story that circulated around the small town of Nunez according to the woman.
Whatever the case, two hunters would find the mutilated remains of Terry Rewis the next morning. It appeared his body had been drug several yards down the highway at a high rate of speed.
Of course, the rumor mill kicked into high gear feeding information to the family and friends, but no physical evidence could be found to help them get justice for their beloved Terry. To make matters worse, it seemed as if the investigation wasn’t high on the priority list. A lot of times during investigations, the police are working quietly behind the scenes, and the family becomes frustrated because they don’t see any results. We may never know if this was the case because, in 2017, the new investigator informed the family that the original files on the case had been lost.
If this were the end of the story, I would tend to believe that this might just be a terrible accident, and the crime was abandoning the scene of a crash. Basically, the case seems to scream vehicular manslaughter, but some unusual things have come out in the 17-year fight for justice.
Four months later another young man was found dead beside the road only a few streets over from HWY 56. His name was James Felton Williams. He was only 19, and it isn’t clear if he had any ties to Terry Rewis. The location, the timing, and some of the accident details seem to parallel Terry’s case.
In 2016, NBC did a write up about Terry’s case, and in 2017, Terry’s sister hosted a “Keeping Memories Alive” event in Swainsboro. Shortly beforehand, James Kirby had spoken with Terry’s sister for over an hour. He didn’t offer any details about that fateful night, but repeatedly expressed his condolences and told her how much he cared for Terry. Several days after the event, Kirby was dead. Investigators are torn on the cause of death. Some say it was an overdose others say it was a brain aneurism. We may never know what happened on that night in 2002 between these two best friends. If you happen to have information on this case, please come forward. You can contact the Emanuel County Sherrif’s Department at (478) 237-7526.

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Terry’s story is part of the award-winning Grief Diaries series featuring true stories about real-life experiences, Project Cold Case is a portable support group for people who have lost a loved one to an unsolved kidnapping or murder. Filled with answers to poignant questions, the stories invite readers into a world where they’re surrounded by warmth and compassion as they seek comfort and understanding in the aftermath of their own loss.

Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case

Grief Diaries: Project Cold Case


Further Reading:
NBC News
Podcast about Terry
Terry’s Facebook Pg

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