Remains, clothing, hair found during search believed to be of missing Greenville Co woman


GREENVILLE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – Human remains have been found after a search for a woman’s skeletal remains near an Upstate park.

The Greenville County Coroner’s Office says they found human remains and are treating it as the remains of Shannon Pinson.

“We found articles of clothing, we also found articles of jewelry,” said Deputy Coroner Mike Ellis. “We don’t know that it belongs to her, but it’s all in the same area in an extremely close proximity and we are trying to make the determination that it is the remains of Shannon Penson. Until the forensics analysis we can’t say for sure, but we are treating it as more of human remains and articles of clothing belonging to her.”

Ellis saud they found jewelry, clothing, and hair deep in the woods in thick shrubbery. .

Greenville County deputies, coroner’s office investigators, National Guard members and others converged Wednesday morning to comb an area off Lakeside Road, about a mile from Lakeside Park in Piedmont.

Earlier in the day, Ellis told 7-News that they needed the rest of the remains to determine a cause of death and provide closure for Penson’s family.

“Right now the family is probably going through about as much confusion as law enforcement and the coroners office,” he said. “We don’t have the answers that we need to give to the family, regardless of what they are.”

Last month, the dog of a nearby resident had what appeared to be a human skull. 

(Doug Shackelford, owner of dog that discovered human remains)

“I was coming up to the side of the house with the lawn mower, and I see a skull laying there,” said the dog’s owner, Doug Shackelford.  “And I got up and looked at it, and I said well that looks like a human skull.”

The coroner later identified the remains as those of Pinson. 

Deputies say the 45-year-old was last seen on Dec. 9, 2018.

The cause and manner of her death remains under investigation.

The Greenville County Coroners Office removed the remains from the wooded area on Lakeside Road Wednesday night to send them off for testing.

Investigators ask anyone with information about the case to call Crime Stoppers of Greenville at 864-23-CRIME.

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