The Horry County Coroner's Office is hoping information they've registered in an online database run by the US Department of Justice will help them identify skeletal remains found last December.
The database is called NamUs, which stands for National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, and the online case report for the remains found on December 29th reveal very specific information that could help the coroner's office identify the person.
Here's what they do know about the remains. They belong to a white male, between the ages of 35 and 60. They believe the man died sometime between 2001 and 2012.
Examination of the scattered remains, which were found lying on the ground, revealed interesting medical information.
The person they're trying to identify was born with 11 pairs of ribs instead of 12. The person's skull showed evidence of a Halo fixation device, which is often used to keep someone from turning or moving their head as they recover from spinal surgery. Examination of the remains revealed several well healed left rib fractures, healed facial fractures around the nasal area and a possible fracture of the pubic bone. The person has undergone some type of surgery from a broken neck or a spinal fusion surgery.
Attached to this story are pictures of items found with the remains, including a pair of faded greenish-yellow swim trunks and a cross necklace with "Spike's" engraved in the back.
Anyone with information about the identity of the person is asked to contact Tamara Willard, with the Horry County Coroner's Office, at (843) 915-5110.??