SENECA, SC (WSPA) – Police department officials said a search is underway after human remains were found this week in Seneca.
According to a police department news release, officers were called to a home on Asbury Drive on Monday, where they made contact with a homeowner about his dog discovering a large bone.
Investigators called the coroner’s office for assistance to determine whether the bone found was a human or an animal bone.
On Tuesday, a medical forensic exam determined that the bone was the partial remain of a human female.
Police said a large-scale search of the area with cadaver dogs was conducted and the search expanded on Wednesday.
“[We’re] trying to find any evidence, any new information that we can find,” said Capt. Casey Bowling with the Seneca Police Department. “It’s very hard terrain.”
During Wednesday’s search in a creek area near Sherwood Drive and Robinhood Drive more partial remains were found.
According to the Oconee County Coroner’s Office, the right pelvic bone and right femur were found Monday and additional remains were found in a nearby creek Wednesday afternoon.
The coroner says the remains most likely belong to a woman between 25 and 45 years old with an estimated height of between 5’1″ to 5’7″ tall.
The woman’s death likely happened between a few months to one year ago, the coroner said.
The coroner’s office will send a specimen to the SLED laboratory in an attempt to collect DNA to be used for identification.
According to the coroner’s office, they will compare the DNA to known missing persons including two women who were recently reported missing in Oconee County, Laura Anders, 45, who was last seen in January, and Faith Roach, 27, who was last seen in February.
“We’re hopeful that it’s not here, but there’s only two women missing in Oconee County,” said Pamela Marcengill, who is Roach’s aunt.
Seneca Police said the search continues and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been contacted to assist in the search.
On Thursday morning, Bowling told us that Seneca Police and Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputies will use cadaver dogs to search again, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Bowling said they will continue to search in the area near Asbury, Sherwood and Robinhood drives.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources officials will also be assisting in the search.
Bowling said the search takes a while due to the rough terrain and the deep water near the creek on Sherwood Drive.