The Charleston Police Department has joined an investigation into a set of skeletal remains found Friday resting on a wooded patch of land near the West Ashley Greenway.
With the deceased man’s identity still a mystery and no cause of death reported by the Charleston County Coroner’s Office, Charleston County sheriff’s Capt. Eric Watson said on Monday that it is too early to say whether foul play is suspected.
Police officers are considering the possibility that the remains belong to one of Charleston’s missing, including a 48-year-old Argonne Street man who hasn’t been seen since September 2008.
Officers have not identified that man to avoid connecting him to the remains prematurely, police spokesman Charles Francis said.
Two men on Friday stumbled upon the remains while hiking near the First Assembly of God church off Savannah Highway.
Charleston County officials determined that the property where the remains were found is owned by Clemson University, county spokesman Shawn Smetana said.
Several of the skull’s teeth contained fillings. Investigators said that detail suggests that the death could be relatively recent.
A dark, weathered windbreaker jacket was also found at the scene, deputies said.