Skeletal remains found in a wooded area by hunters in Spartanburg County on Friday were identified as a woman who has been missing for five months.
The remains were found just after noon in an area just off Highway 11 in the Fingerville community.
"I was really hoping we'd find Miss Freeman somewhere trying to do something else," said Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright. "I was really hoping we wouldn't find her here. She was a very beautiful, vibrant young lady."
Deputies said that the hunters were checking on their tree stands in the area when they found the skeleton at the base of a tree about 200 yards inside the woods.
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger identified the remains as those of 20-year-old Crystal Freeman.
Freeman was last seen on May 2 at a home on Midland Drive. At that time, deputies said Freeman was being treated for depression. Wright also acknowledged that Freeman did have a history with drugs.
The cause of death was not immediately released.
"I'm not going to say that this is a murder, a suicide, anything like
that until I'm a million percent sure. We got a lot of work to do," said Sheriff Wright.
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