Saturday, August 17, 2013
Andrews S.C. – A search was conducted Saturday in the woods between Georgetown and Andrews after law enforcement received a tip that the remains of Crystal Soles may be in that area.
South Carolina Law Enforcement spokesman Thom Berry said the search was conducted within the help of the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and the Community United Effort Center for Missing Persons of Wilmington.
"There was information that has led investigators to believe it was worthy to at least check into. And so we've been planning this search for a couple of weeks now," said Monica Caison, the executive director of the Cue Center.
Assistant Sheriff Carter Weaver said the search took place near the Nine Mile Curve, an area that has been searched previously.
"They searched private property and they found nothing," Berry said.
Crystal Soles — 28-years-old at the time — was last seen at approximately 8:30 a.m. January 24, 2005 at the Shaw’s Corner Store in the vicinity of Jones Avenue and Main Street in Andrews. She called her father from a pay phone at that store and has not been heard from since that time.
From that time on her mother, Gail Soles, has made every attempt to find her missing daughter. She was on the scene assisting with Saturday's search.
"Her last words were I love you. I'll always remember that, that's just something you don't forget, I love you," said Gail Soles. “"Moms don't quit. Moms don't give up. I've always had that hope and faith and I'll never quit.”
Also helping Saturday was Dawn Drexel. Her daughter Brittanee Drexel went missing in 2009 from Myrtle Beach.
"I will always have hope. I think Brittanee is still out there and you have to because that's all you have to hold onto is hope that your child is still out there and is alive," said Drexel.
About 30 law enforcement officials and 70 volunteers from the CUE Center helped with the search. Weaver said ATVs from the Sheriff's Office were used. Also used were search dogs and boats as rain hampered some of the search efforts.
Georgetown Times news partner WBTW-TV 13 contributed to this report.