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Human bones found near Myrtle Beach not those of missing Brittanee Drexel

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Human skeletal remains found over the weekend are definitely not the bones of missing teenager Brittanee Drexel, who was last seen in April 2009. Horry County coroner Robert Edge said, The Sun News reported Dec. 31, that the bones didn't belong to any of the women currently missing in Horry County, nor were they the remains of women who disappeared over the years, despite the number of years said remains seem to have been decomposing in the wooded area where they were found. And there's a simple explanation for that.

The bones are from a male, possibly 20 years old or older, Edge says, adding that whoever the person was, they were "definitely not Brittanee Drexel.”

And since the bones are from a male subject, it rules out that they belong to any other women missing from the area (or any that may have been brought in from outside the Myrtle Beach area).

According to a previous report from WMBF in Myrtle Beach, the bones were found by a search party looking for Heather Elvis, the 20-year-old Socastee woman who was last seen Dec. 17. Police were called to the Tidewater Road area off Waccamaw Boulevard in Horry County, according to the police report, and began the recovery process. Several bones, including pieces of hip bone and a skull, were found scattered over roughly 100 feet of terrain. No clothing was found with the remains. Officials believe that scattering was the work of wild animals through the years.

Edge said the larger bones were being shipped to the University of Texas for DNA testing. The preliminary findings (such as the gender of the bones) was ascertained in Charleston, where the remains were sent after being found. A report is expected from Charleston in about ten days.

While anxious families with missing members await identification of the newly discovered remains, the search continues for Heather Elvis and Jamie Lynn Cross, a 24-year-old Myrtle Beach woman reported missing Christmas Day by her sister. She was last seen getting into a green Volkswagen on Dec. 23 with an unknown driver.

A third woman, 36-year-old Rachel Provow, was reported missing from her caretaker's home on Monday but was found unharmed on Tuesday. Horry County police believe no crime occurred with regard to the missing woman.

The search for Brittanee Drexel, now ongoing for four years, will also continue.

For updates on the investigations and to help in searches for the missing women, go to FindHeatherElvis and Find Jamie Cross on Facebook.

Anyone with information regarding Heather Elvis, Jamie Lynn Cross, Brittanee Drexel or any other missing person are urged to contact the Horry County Police Department at 915-TIPS or email them at crimetips@horrycounty.org.

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