Susan Deluca (Source: Horry County Police Department)
HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Two women were reported missing in Horry County within a week. Days later, bare-bone skeletal remains were discovered on Tidewater Road. Since the remains were found, online speculation has run rampant about who the remains may belong to.
"They're definitely human bones," said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge. "At this point, we're not sure how long they've been there, but apparently at least a year for that much decomp(osition) to have occurred."
Dating back a year, there have been four missing person cases in the area since 2005.
Brittanee Drexel has become a household name in the Grand Strand since she disappeared while on spring break in Myrtle Beach in April 2009. The mystery surrounding the case of the then- 17-year-old made national headlines. Drexel was seen on a camera leaving her hotel on Ocean Blvd and was never seen again.
Since her disappearance, search parties have scoured the Myrtle Beach area looking for any trace of Drexel, who would be 22-years-old today, to no avail.
Crystal Soles was 28-years-old when she went missing. She was walking home from a store in Andrews in January 2005, and vanished. Like Drexel, there has been search after search conducted for Soles, many by the CUE Center, and as recent as August 2013, but she has never been found.
The last person to have seen Kareem Ward in June 2007 was his mother. According to the police report, she said he was in his car by himself. Just days after his disappearance, his car was pulled from the Little Pee Dee River. The police report said a cell phone was also in the car, but Kareem was never located.
Susan Deluca was supposed to be traveling North to visit family in April 2010, but she never made it. Her family soon reported her missing, and two months later, cadaver dogs found her car submerged, like Ward's, in the Little Pee Dee River. Like the above, Deluca's case was never solved.
It's important to know that the remains found on Tidewater Road might not belong to any of these people. But someone, somewhere may soon receive a bittersweet answer to a very long-awaited question.
According to the website - findthemissing.org - a list dating back to the 1980s includes 26 people currently missing from our area, but does not include Heather Elvis or Zack Malinowski.
Here's the list:
Susan K. DeLuca
Kynande K. Bennett
Lisa A. Neugent
Charles T. Overstreet
Shakeima A. Cabbagestalk
Lakendra S. Powers
Cathy H. Parrott
Ricky A. Brooks
Tyrone C. McKithen
Brian N. Hooks
Garrett T. Hughes
James O. Smith
Myrtle Beach, SC:
Todd J. Massie
Brittanee M. Drexel
Shanta M. Johnson
Andrea L. Hayslette
Glenn D. Howlett
Lakeshia D. Turner
Johhny L. Brown
Anyone with information on the disappearances of any of these individuals is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line, Crime Stoppers. That number is 1-888-CRIME-SC.
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