Glass hunters hope discovered jaw bone will lead to closure

By Ava

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) John Walters and Perkins Grant often make the hour trip from Georgetown to Charleston to search for glass and other artifacts on Drum Island.

On Sunday, however, that search took a turn they had only joked about previously -- finding human remains.

"There's no doubt, I mean you know right away when you look at it, when you hold it, that it's a human jaw bone. There is no question," Walters said. {}

Grant said he was just walking back to the boat when he made the discovery.

"I saw a funky arch, the jaw bone was actually standing up on end and it caught my eye. I reached down and picked it up. And I immediately thought, 'Who did I find?'" Grant said. {}

He estimates the bone has only been exposed for a few years because of the lack of serious growth on it.

"There was a tooth still attached in this jaw bone. It was loose but it was still there," said Grant.{}

Once Grant brought the bone to his friend's attention they decided to call 911.

"It had to be done of course, it was the right thing to do," said Walters.{}

Grant said in the days since he made the discovery he's thought of one specific missing person.

"I was thinking Brittanee Drexel, the very first thing that came to my mind. In a way, I hope it's not her. Then in a way I hope it could be possibly her," said Grant.

Grant said Drexel went missing from their area and that's why he thought of her. He hopes the jaw bone will bring someone answers.

"There's families out there that needs closure for missing persons," said Grant.{}

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