HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The human remains discovered in a wooded lot off U.S. 501 on Thursday have been identified as a Myrtle Beach man who has been missing since Sept. 28. The death is being investigated by police as a homicide.
The remains of 51-year-old Timothy Francis Buckley were found at about 8 a.m., Thursday in a wooded lot off of Rodeo Drive in Horry County, according to Coroner Robert Edge. The coroner's office is not releasing the exact manner of death at this time, but Edge said that it is being investigated by Horry County police as a homicide.
The remains were identified by jewelry and dental records, Coroner Edge said.
There was an indication Thursday that the remains could be Buckley's and his family was informed. Friday morning, an autopsy confirmed that suspicion, according to Pat Mulcahy, a friend of the family.
He added the family has asked for prayers and privacy. They thank the Myrtle Beach and Horry County police departments and hope for a successful conclusion to the tragedy.
Mulcahy said it's still a shock right now and they want to thank everyone for their thoughts and well wishes.
A GoFundMe page was set up by by Buckley's daughter after his disappearance.
One of Buckley's neighbors said he was a loving father and committed to his family.
"(I'm) overwhelmed with sadness. My heart just aches for the family," Deborah Johnson said. "Tim was a devoted family man. Devoted to his wife, devoted to his daughters. The entire neighborhood is in mourning. We're very sad here."
Johnson said she wants to see justice.
"It's shocking. We want whoever has taken this man's life to know they will be found," she said. "We want them punished for taking from this world this lovely father away from this family. It's not right."
Buckley was last seen in the area of Springmaid Pier on Sept. 28, according to the Horry County Police Department. He was described by the HCPD as a loving father and husband with ties to both New York and Myrtle Beach.