Details of Disappearance
Buckwalter disappeared from Big Lake, Alaska at 3:00 p.m. on August 4, 2015. In April 2020, police searched the residence of Jay Osmond Gardner multiple times, excavating the entire property. On April 20, they found Buckwalter's heavily decomposed remains in a shallow grave under the floorboards of the home. He had been shot and asphyxiated to death.
Gardner has been charged with first- and second-degree murder and evidence tampering in Buckwalter's case. He is awaiting trial.