Burke County officials announced a joint homicide investigation is underway with Richmond County after remains found in 2019 were identified as a missing Augusta man.
A DNA match confirms the victim was Tyrone Timothy Hughes of Augusta. He was 36 and living on Massoit Drive when he went missing in December 2018.
In August 2019, human remains were located and recovered in Briar Creek within the 4700 block of Story Mill Road in Burke County, Capt. Randall Norman of the Burke County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.
This week, investigators received information from the Center of Human Identification on a DNA match identifying a missing person from Augusta. On Wednesday, authorities notified the victim’s family.
“Investigators from both agencies are working this case as a homicide and details are limited at this time,” Capt. Norman said.
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Burke County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at (706) 554-6633 or (706) 554-2133. Callers can remain anonymous.