High-profile missing person cases in Horry County

12.27.2013

Several people have gone missing from our area since 2007. The searches for all of them continue today.

Kareem Ward, 22, was last seen in Aynor on June 16, 2007. Ward’s car was pulled from a boat landing on the Pee Dee River three days later, but he was nowhere to be found.

Brittanee Drexel, a 17-year-old from Rochester, New York, disappeared while on a spring break trip to Myrtle Beach in 2009. Her case was featured on many national media outlets.

A former trainer for the Coastal Carolina University football team, Brandon “Peanut” Graves, was last seen at a Sumter nightclub on January 30th, 2010.

In August, 19-year-old Zachary Malinowski went missing in Aynor. His burned out car was found not far from his Horry County home, but Malinowski is still missing.

Most recently, there is the case of Heather Elvis, a 20-year-old Socastee woman who was reported missing by her father, Terry Elvis, on December 19. Her car was found at Peachtree Landing in Socastee, and the search for her has been going on ever since.

“I know that I’m trying to keep busy with it. I know that I’m doing everything that I can think of. But no matter how much it is, I feel like it’s not enough that I’m doing because she’s not home,” Terry Elvis said.

Monica Caison and volunteers from the CUE Center for Missing Persons are helping Elvis search for his daughter, but they’re also still looking for Kareem, Brittanee, Brandon and Zachary.

“You have to just continue to look, and as information comes up, whether through law enforcement or other things in the case come up, there’s always another place to look. And as long as we do that, we’ll have a search.”

Caison said the group does have success stories, and never gives up on any of the cases they receive.

Brittanee Drexel’s mother makes statement following discovery of skeletal remains

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WIS) –

The mother of a teenager who was last seen in Myrtle Beach in 2009 has released a statement about the discovery of human skeletal remains found approximately six miles from where Brittanee Drexel was last seen.

I would like to thank everyone for their concern and support for my daughter, Brittanee in the recent discovery made in Horry County South Carolina. There are many missing children and adults in the region who have families suffering in anticipation the this latest news and who along side of our family await for a resolution as well.
I ask at this time to please wait for investigators to make a positive identification and be allowed to do their job. We need to respect the process along with the realization this could be any of our missing loved ones.
I encourage all media to re visit the case files and feature our missing. It is so vital to keep these cases out in the public.
Thank you
Dawn Drexel

On Saturday, someone walking in the area of Tidewater Road near Waccamaw came across the remains and contacted police.

Horry County Coroner Robert Edge confirmed that the remains are human, and the larger bones will be packed up and sent off to a lab in Texas for DNA testing. The bones have been in the Waccamaw area for years, Edge said.

Authorities have not yet determined if the bones belong to a man, woman or child.

Drexel, who was 17 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen in the area of 11th Avenue South and 20th Avenue South. She was in the area for spring break against the will of her mother when she vanished.

Investigators report contact was lost between Drexel and her family in New York on April 25, 2009, the same night authorities believe she disappeared.

Since that time, searchers have scoured the area, looking for any clues as to where she may have gone, but with no luck.

Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Drexel is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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CUE conducts search for Crystal Soles, missing since 2005

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Crystal Soles was 28-years-old when she was last seen in Andrews, SC, while walking home from the Shaw Corner Store in January 2005. The CUE conducted a search in Georgetown County on Saturday night for the missing woman.

Monica Caison with the CUE Center said the search concluded last night around 7 p.m. There were certain areas in the search that they were unable to get to because of recent rain, but searched the area the best they could. The CUE brought in their own resources for the search, and they said it is important to keep looking.

Caison said there will be a new billboard for Soles out in Andrews soon. A spokesperson for the CUE said that anytime there is a search for Crystal Soles, they will also look for Brittnee Drexel, who was 17 when she went missing in 2009.

Since then investigators and volunteer search teams have done numerous searches for Soles, many times using dogs and horses to help look for clues.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line, Crime Stoppers. That number is 1-888-CRIME-S-C.

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CUE conducts search for Crystal Soles, missing since 2005

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GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Crystal Soles was 28-years-old when she was last seen in Andrews, SC, while walking home from the Shaw Corner Store in January 2005. The CUE conducted a search in Georgetown County on Saturday night for the missing woman.

Monica Caison with the CUE Center said the search concluded last night around 7 p.m. There were certain areas in the search that they were unable to get to because of recent rain, but searched the area the best they could. The CUE brought in their own resources for the search, and they said it is important to keep looking.

Caison said there will be a new billboard for Soles out in Andrews soon. A spokesperson for the CUE said that anytime there is a search for Crystal Soles, they will also look for Brittnee Drexel, who was 17 when she went missing in 2009.

Since then investigators and volunteer search teams have done numerous searches for Soles, many times using dogs and horses to help look for clues.

http://www.wistv.com/story/23167031/cue-conducts-search-for-crystal-soles-missing-since-2005

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the anonymous tip line, Crime Stoppers. That number is 1-888-CRIME-S-C.

Officials search for woman who went missing in 2005 in Georgetown

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Updated: Aug 17, 2013 8:57 PM CDT

Search for Andrews woman missing since 2005 conducted Saturday

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Published Saturday, August 17, 2013 6:48 PM

Andrews S.C. – A search was conducted today 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 told the Georgetown Times this evening 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.

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 Saturday evening.

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.

Also helping was Dawn Drexel. Her daughter Brittanee Drexel went missing in 2009 from Myrtle Beach

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.

http://www.gtowntimes.com/local/Search-for-Andrews-woman-missing-since-2005-conducted-Saturday2013-08-17T16-48-46