Coroner still working to identify remains found along greenway

Source: Corey Davis
Source: Corey Davis

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston County Coroner's Office is still working to identify the remains found last Friday along the West Ashley Greenway.

The coroner's office said Saturday the remains were from a white male.  They are also working to determine how long the bones had been there.

Deputies were called out to the 2900 block of Savannah Highway after two walkers stumbled across a human skull while hiking through the West Ashley Greenway.

According to an incident report, the two men were hiking through the wooded area around 5:40 p.m. when they stumbled upon a human skull lying on top of some fallen leaves.

When deputies were led to the skull, they found what appeared to be leg bones approximately 40 to 50 yards from the skull, the report states.

Deputies say they also found a number of old gravestone markers within 100 yards of where the skull was located. One of the gravestones dated back to 1945.

The report states a dirty windbreaker-style jacket was found 15 to 20 yards from the skull.

According to officials, the skull appeared relatively clean of any sediments and was sitting atop an area that did not appear to be disturbed. These signs indicate a possible transport of the skull by an animal, officials say.

Several of the upper teeth of the skull did have fillings, indicating it may be from someone recently deceased, the report states.

Major James Brady, spokesman for the sheriff's office said a forensic examination by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, a Forensic Anthropologist and a Forensic Dentist will be conducted on the remains to help in the investigation.

Investigators said it was too early to tell if the remains are related to any open investigations.

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