The death of Austin musician Chadd Thomas is no longer a homicide in the eyes of the Austin Police Department.
The Travis County Medical Examiner reclassified the death of Charles R. Thomas II. According to police, the TCME was unable to determine the exact incident which led to Thomas’ death and has reclassified the manner of death from “homicide” to “undetermined.”
Thomas’ body was found along S. Congress Avenue south of Oltorf in early July. APD’s investigation revealed that the 38-year-old was involved in several separate altercations and was struck by a car the night before his body was found near the street.
The first incident happened on South Lamar, when police say he was either hit by a car or took part in a disturbance that involved a car.
Later, they believe he went to a party on East Alpine Road off South Congress where he was assaulted again. From there, police say Thomas was driven to the 2600 block of South Congress, dropped off and possibly assaulted again.
Thomas’s band, Chadd Thomas and the Crazy Kings, played gigs in Austin on a regular basis. They played at Aviary Décor on South Lamar Boulevard the night of his death.
APD says if it gets new leads in Thomas' death, the person or people involved could face other criminal charges. If you have any information, please contact APD's Homicide tip line at 512-477-3588. You can also try contacting Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text "Tip 103" with your message to CRIMES.