Forensic teams continue search; bones ID'd as white male

Investigators search wooded areas off Savannah Highway in West Ashley

WEST ASHLEY, S.C. (WCIV) -- Investigators and forensic teams continued their search of the West Ashley area Saturday where skeletal remains were found by two men walking through a wooded area.

Deputies say the bones were found Friday night near the 2950 block of Savannah Highway.{} It is unknown how the bones got there, and deputies say it is too early in the investigation to connect the remains{}to any open investigations.

Officials with the Charleston County Coroner's Office say it is too early in the investigation to completely identify the remains.{} They did confirm Saturday that the bones are those of a white male.

According to a Charleston County Sheriff's Office incident report, the two men were hiking through the area behind the First Assembly of God Church to find a place to put their kayak in a Stono Creek tributary.

The men said the skull was missing its lower jaw, the report states.

After deputies responded and escorted the men out of the area, the report states, the deputy spotted what appeared to be leg bones about 40 yards away from the skull.

Another deputy made note of an 1800s-era gravesite located less than 100 yards away from where the bones were found. ANother grave marker with a sunken gravesite was found about 20 yards closer, the report states.

The skull, according to the report, appeared clean and was lying on top of an area that did not appear to be disturbed.

Deputies surmised in the report the bones did not belong to one of the sites in that graveyard, noting the fillings in the teeth of the skull.

Deputies also found a torn windbreaker that was weathered and dirty lying 20 yards from the bones, the report states.