Body of missing Montgomery Co. man found near Livingston motel

Body of missing Montgomery Co. man found near Livingston motel

On Thursday, searchers with a Texas-based group found the body of a 57-year-old Montgomery County man that had been missing since July 9 in a wooded area near the La Quinta Inn on US 59 in Livingston.

A press release from the Livingston Police Department stated that the man has been identified as James Buckner.

Livingston Police officers were dispatched to the La Quinta Inn located at 402 US 59 on July 29 in reference to a vehicle in the parking lot that was linked to Buckner. Texas EquuSearch had located the vehicle and found that it was registered to Buckner.

At that point, the Livingston Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Texas EquuuSearch, Polk County Emergency Management, the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department, and other agencies set up a command post and started searching the area.

Searchers found Buckner's body in a wooded area near the La Quinta Inn at approximately 1 p.m. on Thursday. After the Livingston Police Department processed the scene, Justice of the Peace Darrell Longino pronounced Buckner dead at the scene.

According to the Associated Press, Texas EquuSearch had been involved in a legal battle over its use of drones in its searches for missing persons. The group used a drone in the search, and the drone's flight earlier this week was the first one since the group received a favorable appeals court ruling back in July.

The AP story stated that the group stopped using the drones in February after it received what it described as an order from the Federal Aviation Administration to stop the flights. Texas EquuSearch sued the FAA, and an appeals court ruled that the FAA's warning to the group had no legal consequences.

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