Searchers talk about discovery of human remains in Horry County - WRBL

Searchers talk about discovery of human remains in Horry County

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) -

Lt. Robert Kegler with the Horry County Police Department said skeletal remains were found on Tidewater Road near Waccamaw Boulevard in Myrtle Beach Saturday around 12:40 p.m.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge told WBTW Tuesday afternoon that the remains were from a man who was at least 20 years old when he died.

The human remains were found by a man who was helping with the search for missing 20-year-old Heather Elvis, who is from Myrtle Beach.

That search team formed after a woman posted on her Facebook that she was going to walk and look for Heather Elvis and asked if anyone wanted to join her. People worried for her safety took her up on her offer and they all met behind Ron Jon's Beer and Burger in Myrtle Beach.

Tuesday they went out looking for her again.

"The Elvis' are like family to me. I love them to death. I felt I needed to do as much as I could," said Blakley West, a search volunteer.

West is among so many that search for Heather Elvis. He's a part of the group that got together to help find the missing 20-year-old on Saturday. A group determined to find her.

"The Elvis family has been in our community. Everyone feels obligated to find Heather. One way or another, we're going to find her," said Nicole Couilliard.

Couilliard spear headed the volunteer search on Saturday. Diving into groups, they looked for clues, and a glimmer of hope.

"With the idea of splitting up, reporting back and to take pictures, not to touch anything, to call 911 or contact someone immediately if we should see something," said Lynette Gutridge, a search volunteer.

And they did.

They found human remains near the railroad track North of Tidewater road.

"It's awe striking, I don't know the words to describe that but it is. It's mixed emotions, It's something you don't expect to find. Once we saw what we saw we backed everybody out of the area, we went back to Tidewater Road and what was found, we called the police, we stayed away from anything that could contaminate a crime scene. There were some members that were deep in the woods and we asked them as they came in to go back out and re-trace their steps so police officers could trace back in on those same steps," said West.

West said he hopes his team's discovery will bring closure to at least one family. And as he searched Tuesday through the woods, he said he won't give up looking for Heather and others who remain missing.

"Most of the people who volunteered to come search and help are all parents and they're concerned for their children and the Elvis' family and the Cross family and the other missing children and adults," said West. 

West said one aspect that helped the group on Saturday in finding the human remains is that people in the group were firefighters, had military background, and law enforcement background. He said their knowledge and the organization of the search were key to their discovery.

If you have any information on any of the missing persons cases, you are asked to call the Horry County Police Department.

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