Human remains found in Heather Elvis search not linked to Horry Co. cases

(Myrtle Beach) Sun-NewsFebruary 17, 2014 

Cross found with remains in Horry County

— The human remains found in December by someone searching for clues in the Heather Elvis case were not linked to any missing person cases in the area, according to Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.

Officials have uploaded the information about the remains to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System in an effort to identify the person, Willard said Monday.

The remains were discovered along Tidewater Drive in the Myrtle Beach area about 10:40 a.m. Dec. 28 by a group searching for clues in the Heather Elvis case.

Elvis, a 20-year-old Myrtle Beach area woman who was last seen Dec. 17 and last heard from in phone calls on early Dec. 18, police said. Police continue to search for information regarding Elvis’ whereabouts.

At the time of the discovery, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said the remains were not found together in skeleton form, but were scattered possibly by an animal.

Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said the case is under investigation.

In the case posted on the national missing person website, officials noted the remains are from a white man who was between the ages of 35 to 60 years old. Officials could not estimate the man’s weight, but said his height was about 5 feet 5 inches.

The man died between 2001 and 2012 and only had 11 pairs of ribs instead of 12, according to the report. The man also had suffered a broken neck or spinal fusion surgery because there was evidence of a halo fixation device used at some point.

The man also had two well healed left rib fractures, healed facial fractures around the nose and a possible fracture of the pubic bone, according to the report. Some clothing items were found in the area and officials said they included “sun bleached greenish-yellow swim trunks, unsized” and a yellow and white metal chain with a yellow and white metal cross with clear stones and the word “Spike’s” engraved on the back.

Officials also released photos of those items with the hope someone would recognize them, Willard said.

Anyone with information about the man or the case can call Horry County police at 915-TIPS or the Horry County Coroner’s Office at 915-5110.

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