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Georgia man charged with murder in slaying of missing Myrtle Beach man

Timothy Francis Buckley, 51, was reported missing Sept. 30. His remains were found in an Horry County field on Nov. 10. A man from Augusta, Ga., has been charged with his murder.
Timothy Francis Buckley, 51, was reported missing Sept. 30. His remains were found in an Horry County field on Nov. 10. A man from Augusta, Ga., has been charged with his murder. Photo courtesy of Horry County Police Department

A Georgia man has been charged with murder in the death of a Myrtle Beach man, whose remains were found in a field 41 days after he was reported missing.

Horry County Police Department detectives have charged Johnathan Lamar Hillary, 29, of Augusta, Ga., with murder and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime in the death of former New York police officer Timothy Francis Buckley.

Buckley, 51, 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’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, Jr. said that Buckley was identified through dental records and jewelry, and that his manner of death was listed as a homicide.

Bernithia Young, 33, of Atlanta, Ga., was charged with accessory after the fact to a felony, specifically listed as murder.

Both Hillary and Young have been taken into custody in Atlanta and are expected to be extradited back to Horry County, according to police.

Buckley was a former Riverhead, N.Y., town councilman and former Riverhead, N.Y. police officer, according to RiverheadLOCAL.com.

Authorities described Buckley as a “loving father and husband” with ties to the Myrtle Beach and New York areas in a Facebook post in October before he was found.

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