AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – According to the Burke County Sheriff’s Office, the remains of an Augusta man who was last seen in 2018 have been identified as Tyrone Hughes.

For three years, Keisha Williams has been searching for her cousin, Hughes.

“I never stopped. I never stopped. It could be cold, it was hot, I never stopped,” Williams said.

She’s been searching and praying for answers since she last saw Hughes in 2018. Tuesday, her search ended with devastating news.

“I pleaded just to know, but to know that this happened. And the worst part is for me to find out on his birthday that someone killed him,” Williams said.

In August of 2019, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office discovered a body in Briar Creek. Through DNA matching, the Center of Human Identification determined the body is Hughes.

He would have been 36-years-old on his birthday.

“He didn’t deserve this. He didn’t deserve it at all,” Williams said.

The Burke and Richmond County Sheriff’s Offices are investigating Hughes’ case as a homicide.

Williams says now that her cousin’s remains have been found, she needs to know how and why he died.

“I just want to plea. I want justice now. I just want justice for my cousin,” Williams said.

Williams is asking for anyone with information about her cousin’s disappearance to come forward. You can contact the Burke or Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and remain anynonmous.

“I just want him to know I ever gave up. I never gave up. I’m not going to give up now. I just want justice. Please come forward, say something,” Williams said.

While waiting for her cousin’s killer to be put behind bars, Williams says she’ll remember Hughes as a good man, a father who loved his children, a cousin who loved her banana pudding recipe, and a friend always willing to help.

“He did it all and he never told you no. If he couldn’t do it right then, he would always make sure that he came back and did it,” Williams said.

Original Article:

AUGUSTA/BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WJBF) – The Burke County Sheriff’s Office has identified human remains that were found in Augusta in 2019 as Tyrone Timothy Hughes

The 36-year old was last seen by his family and friends on December 9th, 2018. He was officially reported missing January 4th, 2019.

Hughes’ remains were recovered from Briar Creek within the 4700 block of Story Mill Road in Augusta.

The Richmond County Sheriff Office and Burke County Sheriff’s Office are investigating this case together as a Homicide.

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. Or the Richmond County sheriff’s Office at (706) 828-1020 or (706) 828-1080.

This case is still in the initial stage of the investigation and more information will be released when available.

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