SENECA, SC (FOX Carolina) – Seneca police Chief John Covington said a large-scale grid search yielded the discovery of more human remains inthe area where bones of an adult female were found.

Covington said officers were called to a home on Asbury Drive on Monday, June 17 after a homeowner’s dog found a large bone.

Police said the coroner was notified and on Tuesday, and a medical forensics team determined the bone belonged to a woman.

Coroner Karl Addis said a pelvic bone and right femur were recovered Monday and investigators determined those bones were from a woman who stands 5'1" to 5'7" tall and is between 25 to 45 years old.

Addis said the woman likely died within the last year.

“A large-scale search of the area was then initiated with the assistance of cadaver dogs,” Covington said.  

Another, expanded search resumed on Wednesday focusing on creek area near Sherwood Dr. and Robinhood Dr.

Covington said they found more skeletal remains on Wednesday.

Addis said specimens from the remains will be submitted to SLED's laboratory to test DNA and compare the findings to known missing persons, including two recent cases in Oconee County.

Crews returned to the creek on Thursday, June 20 for an additional search. Police wrapped up shortly after 1 p.m. and said nothing new was found.

Monday, Covington said 35 searchers began canvassing the area around 9 a.m. As they were about to wrap up at 1 p.m., Covington said a team consisting of Seneca firefighters searching another tributary creek located more human remains including a woman's head and torso.

Corner Karl Addis says the remains were in a state of advanced decomposition.  

Seneca human remains search

A large search of an area in Seneca where a woman's bones were discovered led to the discovery of more human remains on June 24. The investigation into the identity of the person, and what could have happened, remains open. 

The location was off Beech Drive. Police say those in the surrounding area are asked to report anything of a suspicious nature that's been found or observed. 

The coroner's office recovered the additional remains for a forensic exam as the investigation continues. 

In the meantime, Covington said investigators are awaiting SLED lab results.


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