Bodies found may be those of missing women

Two bodies have been discovered in an overgrown lot in Florence, in the same neighborhood where two women have disappeared over the past few weeks.

Coroner Bubba Matthews said it could take some time before the bodies are identified because of the level of decomposition.

Florence Police Chief Anson Shells says he can only speculate that the bodies belong to the missing Florence women.

Florence police got a tip to search an area on Gaillard Street Monday morning, and not too far into their search they found what they're believe are the remains of two women.

The overgrown lot is right across the street from the apartment where 42-year old Joretha Lynn Kirk was living when she disappeared October 9th and just a couple of blocks from where 51-year old Rachel Samuel lived on Campbell Street, who hasn't been seen since September 17th.

Chief Shells said someone knows something and needs to come forward.

"I know that somebody has to have seen something. At times like this, you've got to drop your reluctance to talk to the police. We need your help. If you want to see peace in the streets, then it's time to come forward and talk to us."

Officers are questioning some people of interest, but won't release any names right now.

Monday, we learned that a third woman, Janie Mae Dixon, is also missing from Florence, but police aren't releasing much about her disappearance.

Autopsies are scheduled. Stay tuned to NewsChannel 15 for the results on those.

If you have any information about this case, you're asked to call Florence police at (843) 665-3191.