Friday, March 4, 2011
Andrews Police Chief Jennifer Flowers said if “remains” found by divers Wednesday are human it could take “weeks” before an identification can be made.
If the findings are human remains, Flowers said its possible they belong to Crystal Soles who has been missing since Jan. 24, 2005.
Flowers said a tip was received and, as a result, divers found the remains in a creek off Jumping Run Road, just off Seaboard Road in the Williamsburg County area of Andrews.
She said the location of the remains was given to investigators by an unnamed source.
“Things just started hooking together,” Flowers said of the investigation into Soles’ disappearance, which she said she has made a high priority since May.
Divers from Horry County were called to do the search. Williamsburg Fire and Horry County Fire Rescue assisted.
The last place Soles was known to be was at Shaw’s Corner Store in Andrews. She told her dad in a phone call she was on her way home but was never seen again.
Flowers will spend part of the day today determining where the remains need to be sent for testing.
Flowers said in the past few weeks she received “different information from different people” which led to the unnamed creek which connects to the Black River.
She would not give specifics about what was recovered, choosing at this point to describe it simply as “remains.”
“I am not going to jump to any conclusions,” Flowers said when asked how confident she is the findings are Soles’ remains.
She also will not say what, if any, information was provided to investigators by the informant about how Soles disappeared.
“My first priority will be to piece together what happened to her,” Flowers said. “There are still suspects out there so I don’t want to say too much right now.”
She said she expects it will take “several weeks” before an identity is placed with the remains.
She said she will be glad Soles’ family will have closure if it turns out to be her.