Conway, SC - By Brandon Herring
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Investigators with the Horry County Police Department released facial reconstruction procedure pictures of a homicide victim, whose remains were discovered in Conway in 2009.
Spokesman for the department Sgt. Robert Kegler, said officers were dispatched to a wooded area behind the Veterans Affairs and Horry County Parks and Recreation Building on September 29, 2009 in reference to the discovery of skeletal remains.
A man on scene told police he was walking a property along Oak Street Extension when he stumbled upon what was thought to be a human skull. A responding officer reported he found what appeared to be part of a vertebra, pelvis bones and a skull in two pieces.
At the time of discovery, investigators believed the victim had been deceased anywhere from six months to five years.
The remains were taken to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, where investigators performed a facial reconstruction procedure on the victim's skull. The results of the procedure were turned over to police on Wednesday.
Based on an examination of the remains, the homicide victim is believed to be a white male, approximately 30 to 50 years old and is believed to have stood 5'7" to 6'3".
"Typically we are able to identify a victim fairly quickly when we're doing a death investigation," Kegler said. "Here it's been since late September that we have been trying to identify this person. So hopefully with this reconstruction we'll be able to identify him fairly shortly."
Identifying the victim could then help police track down the person who shot and killed the victim, according to Kegler.
Ruth Frinks who lives a short distance down the road said she felt uncomfortable hearing the bones had been found near her home. She said she also hopes the new pictures will lead to an identification of the remains and an arrest.
"I'll feel a lot better because you don't know, and somebody's committed a crime and they're still walking around loose, and that's not good 'cause it could happen to somebody else," Frinks said.
Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the pictures to contact them at (843) 915-5350. You may also call 915-TIPS (8477) if you wish to remain anonymous.