County investigators and a forensic anthropologist were trying Saturday to discover the identity of skeletal remains found Friday near the West Ashley Greenway.
Deputies were called to the greenway near the First Assembly of God church off Savannah Highway at about 6:15 p.m. Friday, said Major Jim Brady of the Charleston County Sheriffs Office.
Two men told deputies that they were walking in the area when they found a skull on some leaves, according to an incident report. Other remains were about 50 yards away. Investigators also discovered headstones in the area, including some dating back to the mid-1800s. A dirty, dark, windbreaker jacket also was found near the remains.
So far authorities have been able to determine only that the remains are of a white male, said Brittney Martin, Charleston County deputy coroner. She said a forensic anthropologist is working with investigators to come up with other clues.
Authorities don’t know how the bones got there or how long they were at the site, Brady said, adding that it was too early in the investigation to say whether the remains are related to any unsolved crimes and other open investigations. The West Ashley Greenway is a popular path stretching from South Windemere to Johns Island.