The area off Waccamaw Boulevard in Horry County, S. C., where human skeletal remains were found over the weekend has delivered up more bones for investigators. The bones appear to be far too timeworn to be the remains of the two Myrtle Beach area women that are currently being searched for (namely, Heather Elvis and Jamie Lynn Cross), and may not even be human, according to authorities. The latest set of bones was recovered on New Year's Day, WPDE in Florence reported Jan. 1.
The newly found remains were discovered near Ronald McNair Boulevard and Tidewater Road, the site where the last remains were recovered. Those remains were found to be from a male subject, but the second set of bones are as yet undetermined and are undergoing tests.
Horry County coroner Robert Edge says the bones may have been part of the scattering of bones from the original find. The former remains, which included large bones and a skull, were found distributed over a 100-yard wooded area. Investigators believe they had been scattered by animals over the years. The find also gave rise to the hope that missing teen Brittanee Drexel, a 17-year-old that went missing in Myrtle Beach during Spring Break 2009, had finally been found. But that was not the case, according to the coroner.
The recent set of bones, which Edge told WBTW in Florence consisted of a femur and an arm bone, was sent to Charleston for further testing.
WMBF News reported that if found to be human, the anthropologist on the case will likely be able to tell whether or not the bones are from the same male. The other remains are being shipped to the University of Texas, where a DNA analysis will be performed.
Once the DNA tests are done, Edge said, the results can be matched with files of missing persons to see if there is a match. The analysis will take a couple months, he noted.
A man with a party searching for missing 20-year-old Heather Elvis discovered the bones Saturday. Another search party looking for the young Socastee woman came across the second set of bones.
Heather Elvis hasn't been seen since Dec. 17. She was reported missing on Dec. 19 by her father after her vehicle was discovered at Peachtree Landing in Socastee.
Authorities are also now searching for Jamie Lynn Cross, a 24-year-old Myrtle Beach woman who was reported missing Christmas Day by her sister. Cross, a mother of two, was last seen on Dec. 23 getting into a green Volkswagen outside her Myrtle Beach home.
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 email@example.com.