Skeletal remains found in December identified as missing Garden City man

David Mino was reported missing in July of 2011. (Source: Horry County Coroner Tamara Willard)
David Mino was reported missing in July of 2011. (Source: Horry County Coroner Tamara Willard)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The identity of the skeletal remains found in December 2013 on Tidewater Road has been confirmed as a Garden City man missing since July 2011.

The remains, found on December 28, 2013, were confirmed as those of David Matthew Mino, who was 47 years old when he disappeared, according to Tamara Willard with the Horry County Coroner's Office. Mino was last seen on July 4, 2011, and typically lived in the Surfside Beach and Garden City area.

The means of Mino's death are still unknown at this time, according to Horry County Police, and detectives continue to investigate. A yellow moped owned by Mino at the time of his disappearance is still missing.

Officials say the remains will now be reviewed by experts to determine a cause, including possible foul play.

"They are going to be looked over for any obvious signs of trauma, any obvious signs of assault and things of that nature," said Lt. Robert Kegler.

Search parties looking for missing 20-year-old Heather Elvis came across the remains on Tidewater Road. After a preliminary report from an anthropologist in Charleston, the remains were packed up and sent off to a lab in Texas for DNA testing. The remains had been in the Waccamaw area for years, according to Lt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department.

The bones were scattered across 100 yards of a wooded area off Tidewater Road near Waccamaw Boulevard, officials said, leading officers to believe an animal could have possibly moved them around.

According to initial reports of Mino going missing, he suffered from some health issues, and was considered to be an endangered person.

Horry County public records show Mino had a few run ins with the law in Horry county. There were some licensing violations with his moped, a meth and cocaine possession charge and a disorderly conduct charge in 2005 through 2010.

Detectives are asking anyone with information leading to the cause of David Mino's death to contact them at 915-TIPS - callers can remain anonymous.

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