HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Police Department has contacted authorities in Volusia County, Florida, where human remains were found Thursday, to make them aware of the Heather Elvis case, HCPD authorities confirmed.
Lt. Robert Kegler said HCPD notified authorities in Volusia County because of the remains found there. He says that with the proximity to Orlando, and the circumstances of the Heather Elvis case are the reasons authorities in Volusia County were notified of the Heather Elvis case, but stresses there is no indication that the remains found are those of Heather Elvis.
According to NBC affiliate WESH, the skeletal remains were found in a bag along a Volusia County road Thursday near Deland.
John Jarvis picks up roadside trash after his daily jog. When he saw a large plastic bag lying on the side of the road near the intersection with International Speedway Boulevard, he pulled over a garbage can, planning to put the bag inside. But it was heavy and deteriorating.
"I brought the can down to load that bag in it, and that's when the discovery was made," he said. "It was just, uh, the skull was seen."
Jarvis, retired from the Navy, saw what he was sure was a human skull and called law enforcement.
"Anytime anyone ends up anywhere in a bag, it's suspicious," said Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson.
Johnson believes the bag has been there for awhile, because of depressions in the earth and vegetation growing into it. The bag was probably exposed to the road after some recent tree trimming.
Investigators on scene don't yet know what body parts were in the bag, or if there's anything else in the bag, clothing or personal items. That will be determined by the medical examiner's office.
Deputies were at the scene since just after noon and were thoroughly searching the wooded area beyond where the remains were found.
"What we'll start doing is looking for reports of any missing people. What evidence we can collect out of it. We don't know what all that is yet. This is very early in the investigation," said Johnson.