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Autopsy dental records show body found near Archer's Creek is missing Hampton mom

Masako Yamaguchi Miller
Masako Yamaguchi Miller

A body found Monday in Beaufort waters is that of a woman reported missing from Hampton last Wednesday, dental records from an autopsy show, but a cause of death has still not been determined.

The body of 34-year-old Masako Yamaguchi Miller was found by a fisherman at about 8:30 a.m. on a mud flat close to where Archer's Creek meets the Broad River, according to Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen. Allen said he did not know how long she had been in the water.

Miller was identified by her dental records, according to a coroner's office news release. The cause of death from the autopsy performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston was still pending and could take weeks to determine, the release said.

Miller was last seen at about 11 p.m. at her home on Middle Street, Hampton Police Chief Perry McAlhaney said.

"We are working the case hard to try and figure out where she was that night," he said Wednesday. "We're following every lead."

No arrests have been made in connection with her case.

A 32-year-old man who is the father of two of Miller's children faces misdemeanor charges after investigators found him with one of her credit cards, McAlhaney said. The man has not been identified as a suspect or person of interest in Miller's disappearance, he said.

He was being held at the Hampton County Detention Center, according to jail records, with bond set at $30,000.

McAlhaney would not comment on the status of the couple's relationship.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, Hampton Police Department and the State Law Enforcement Division are conducting the investigation, he said.

Anyone with information about Miller is asked to call the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office non-emergency dispatch line at 843-524-2777 or the Hampton Police Department at 803-943-2421.