Body of Missing Montgomery County Man Found in Wooded Area, LIVINGSTON, July 31, 2014 - Early Thursday afternoon (July 31), searchers found the body of 57 year old James Buckner of Magnolia (Montgomery County) in a wooded area close to US-59 on the backside of the old golf course. Buckner was last seen alive on July 9.
It was Wednesday night when a female employee at La Quinta, seeing the flyers, contacted authorities and stated she believed she had seen Buckner several weeks ago. She stated he entered the hotel one evening carrying a flashlight and was perspiring extensively. She said his clothes had been torn. She offered Buckner water and offered for him to down to cool off.
Buckner refused an offer for a room and told the female he was going to go walking in the woods behind the hotel. She saw him as he entered the field. It was still daylight at that time.
Thursday morning Livingston Police Department and almost forty volunteers returned to the location and started searching along with dogs.
Buckner's wife, Kathy, was also on the scene as she was in almost every phase of the search. She said Thursday morning, “I feel today is the day will find him.”
Just after noon Alvin, an EquuSearch volunteer was walking down a trail on an area that had already been searched. A wind came up carrying an odor which he recognized and started searching the immediate area. On his hands and knees he crawled into some very heavy under growth and discovered James Buckner.
Buckner's body was transported to Beaumont for an autopsy.
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Detectives from Livingston Police Department (and search personnel) at LaQuinta Inn in Livingston on July 29, 2014. 57 year old James Buckner's pickup was found in the parking lot, but Buckner was nowhere to be found.
Mystery Surrounds Missing Montgomery County Man, LIVINGSTON, July 30, 2014 - Detectives from Livingston Police Department were dispatched to La Quinta Inn in Livingston yesterday (July 29, 2014). The situation is mysterious. The pickup of a missing Montgomery County Man (James Buckner, 57) was properly parked in the parking lot. "We're gonna do a search of the area around here" Lieuteant Matt Parrish told PolkCountyToday.com. Buckner was not found and remains missing. Buckner has been missing from Montgomery County since July 9,2014. The revelation of Buckner's pickup spurred on a response to our area from Buckner's wife, Kathy Buckner. Kathy Buckner is being assisted by TexasEquusearch in an attempt to locate her husband. "I just want him home safely" she stated to PolkCountyToday.com.
If you have any idea where James Buckner may be, please call toll free: 877-270-9500 or 281-309-9500
You can also email: info@TexasEquuSearch.org
Please look at all pictures listed below (flyer included at the bottom of the page).
57 year old James Buckner was last seen in Montgomery County on July 9, 2014.
"I just want him home safely". Buckner's wife, Kathy, is partnered with Texas EquuSearch and has a booth set up in the parking lot at Livingston Vanity Fair outlet.
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