A man charged in connection with the murder of a Myrtle Beach man and a woman charged as an accessory were recently extradited from Georgia and brought to Horry County.
Johnathan Lamar Hillary, 29, of Augusta, Ga., is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime and was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Thursday, according to jail records.
Bernithia Young, 33, of Atlanta was charged with accessory after the fact to a felony, specifically listed as murder and was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Nov. 27, records show.
Lt. Raul Denis, spokesman with Horry County police, confirmed to WPDE that they were extradited back to Horry County.
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The charges stem from the death of former New York police officer Timothy Francis Buckley, who was missing for about 41 days before his remains were discovered in a wooded area off U.S. 501, police said.
Buckley was reported missing on Sept. 30, after he was last seen heading to his camper near the Springmaid Resort on the night of Sept. 28. No one heard from Buckley after that night.
Buckley was a former Riverhead, N.Y., town councilman and former Riverhead, N.Y. police officer and father of three, according to RiverheadLOCAL.com.
A GoFundMe page was started in early October by family in an attempt to gather funding to create a reward for information on Buckley’s whereabouts, according to the page.
Buckley’s remains were discovered in a wooded lot near U.S. 501 in unincorporated Myrtle Beach on Nov. 10. Officers were called about the discovery of bones, believed to be human, found off of Rodeo Drive, near U.S. 501 at 8 a.m. that day. Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said that Buckley was identified through dental records and jewelry, and his manner of death is homicide.
Both Hillary and Young were taken into custody in Atlanta on Nov. 17, according to police. They remain at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center where their bonds have not been set, jail records show.
Our Grand Strand news alliance partner, WPDE contributed to this report.