Missing woman's car found, cadaver dogs respond

A cadaver dog works along the banks of the Little Pee Dee River. / Graeme Moore

A private search group utilizing cadaver dogs assisted Horry County Police and Horry County Fire Rescue on Monday in a mission along the Little Pee Dee River in Galivants Ferry.

Police spokesman Robert Kegler says the crews were searching for evidence in the case of a missing woman whose car was found in this river on Friday.

Kegler said that on Friday evening, the Marion County Sheriff's Office located a vehicle belonging to Susan DeLuca, an Aynor woman reported missing on April 29.

Kegler said DeLuca was last seen possibly in mid-April, but she wasn't reported missing for another two weeks.

Members of HCPD's crime scene were on standby at the landing while HCFR's dive team rode along the banks of the river. Around 9:30 a.m., a cadaver dog specializing in water searches boarded the dive team's boat, and the crews worked for about an hour.

The dogs took a break, but were launched again onto the river by boat around 11:00. By 11:20, the dogs and boats were out of the water, and Kegler said there was no evidence found during the search.

Crews on scene think DeLuca's vehicle went into the river via a boat ramp. They do not think it went over the bridge on US Highway 501 near the Galivants Ferry boat landing.

DeLuca's father told NewsChannel 15 his daughter moved to Horry County about five years ago and described her as somewhat transient. He said, though, that she's never gone this long without checking in.

A woman who lives at the house where DeLuca was living before she vanished said she knew DeLuca casually and that it wasn't like her to just leave.

"She left her stuff like she was coming back. She didn't leave like a person moving with no intention of coming back or disappearing," said Jean King.