Coroner: Human remains found in abandoned home

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Human remains were found in a home in Summerville Thursday afternoon.{}

According to the Dorchester County Coroner's Office, the remains were found by a man who photographs abandoned homes. The home is on Parsons Road, officials said.

Around 3 p.m., the photographer looked into a home and saw the remains of what appears to be a man, the coroner said. However, due to decomposition, gender would have to be determined after an anthropologist studied the remains.{}

"The individual is what I would classify as a skeleton with mummification also. It also appears the decedent was fully clothed at the time they died there or were placed there," said Coroner Chris Nisbet.{}

On Friday, Nisbet said the body had been dead at least five years. Officials have not identified the man yet.

The case is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.