Jacksonville man charged with murder after missing man's body found in Georgia

By News4Jax.com Staff, webteam@wjxt.com
Published On: Jan 31 2014 12:04:12 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 31 2014 10:40:00 PM EST

VIDEO: Jeremy Pittman was in court Friday afternoon, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says he is charged in the murder of 20-year-old Robert Hucks, they were last seen leaving together from the Metro Entertainment Complex on the Westside. Hunters found Hucks' body in a wooded area in the Browntown GA area.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

After a hunter found the body of a missing 20-year-old man in the woods of Camden County, Ga., on Thursday afternoon, a 34-year-old Jacksonville man was charged with murder.

Jeremy Pittman was seen leaving a Riverside club with the Robert Glenn Hucks around midnight Jan. 17. Hucks was not seen again.

When Hucks' mother couldn't get in touch with him the next day after he visited Metro Entertainment Complex on Willow Branch Avenue, she contacted police to express concern. A missing persons case was opened and police later made the decision to bring in the homicide team after they suspected foul play.

Police said the two went to Pittman's home off Lakeshore Boulevard, where they got into an argument.

"The suspect murdered the victim, later dumped the victim's body in a wooded area in Camden County, Ga.," said Adam Brown, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Chief of Investigations. "And it should be noted that we developed this information through an interview with the suspect."

Jacksonville police questioned Pittman (pictured in Jacksonville Sheriff's Office booking photo) on Thursday. The results of that interview were redacted from a police report, but as a result of what Pittman told them, police contacted the Camden County 

County Sheriff's Office. They learned from Georgia deputies that a body had just been found by a hunter in a wooded area off Oakhill Church Road in the Browntown area.

The body was sent to the GBI crime lab in Savannah for a positive identification and autopsy.

Hours after Hucks was found dead, Pittman was arrested and charged with murder. He was booked into the Duval County jail.

Police believe Hucks was killed in Jacksonville and his body was dumped in Camden County.

When friends and family learned about Hucks' death, emotional comments flooded his Facebook page, many writing about how happy and loving he was.

Randy Bohrer, one of Hucks' friends, said he moved down to Jacksonville for cancer treatment and Hucks helped him by taking care of his dogs and house when he was sick. He said he was one of a kind.

"He was a wonderful guy, kind and really caring person," said Bohrer, who was at Pittman's first appearance in court Friday afternoon.

Bohrer said words can't even describe how great Hucks was.

"This, for me and all that knew him, a real tragedy," he said.

A lot of Hucks' family lives in the Atlanta area. They had similar things to say about him -- that he was always smiling, very trusting, and just loved life, even though he had a rough time growing up. 

“Glenn was a very happy outgoing young man that had a life ahead of him that he was planning his smile would light up the room and he's going to be very missed,” said Huck’s cousin, Misty Evans.

Channel 4 spoke with Huck's cousin, Misty Evans, Friday night.

“Glenn was just a happy loving free spirited young man he had a wonderful smile that lightened up the room he was an amazing person. When you met him you knew him  he was just a wonderful person and he's going to be missed so much,” said Evans. 

As for funeral arrangements, loved ones said it's too early right now and they haven't even had time to think about that.

“There is closure and there's going to be more closure as um we see justice served this is a new part of reality that we're going to have to lean to accept and we have to learn to have closure that Glenn has justice and it doesn't happen to no one else,” said Evans.  

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