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Father of Hampton mom's children charged in her murder


A 32-year-old man faces murder charges in the death of a Hampton County woman whose body was found Memorial Day in Beaufort waters, according to an arrest affidavit.

Kelvin Jackson of Hampton was charged Friday with the murder of Masako Yamaguchi Miller, 34, who was last seen alive at about 11 p.m. May 25 at her home on Middle Street in Hampton, according the affidavit signed Thursday by a Hampton County magistrate judge.

Jackson is the father of two of Miller's three children, according to Hampton Police Chief Perry McAlhaney.

Jackson was being held Monday at the Beaufort County Detention Center.

The arrest affidavit alleges that sometime between 12:30 and 5:30 a.m. May 26, Jackson killed Miller and disposed of her body in Beaufort County.

The body was found by a fisherman the morning of May 30 on a mud flat close to where Archer's Creek meets the Broad River, according to Beaufort County Coroner Ed Allen.

Miller was identified by her dental records. An autopsy was performed at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, but the cause of death has not yet been determined, Allen said Monday.

Jackson was arrested May 27 in Hampton and charged with misdemeanor financial transaction card fraud after investigators found him with one of Miller's credit cards, according to McAlhaney.

According to the arrest affidavit, Jackson was charged based on evidence gathered from witnesses, forensic analysis and video surveillance. The investigation was a joint effort between Hampton police, the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and sheriff's offices in Beaufort and Hampton counties, according to SLED spokeswoman Kathryn Richardson.

Richardson declined to say where Miller was killed.Follow reporter Cassie Foss at