Squirrel hunter finds human remains

Investigators say body had been there for a year or more

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An investigation is ongoing this morning to try and identify skeletal remains found Saturday in Greenville County by a squirrel hunter in an area where at least two other bodies have turned up over the past year and a half, authorities said.

The latest discovery happened about 4 p.m. Saturday off Kondros Circle, not far from Lakeside Drive, said Mike Ellis, the chief deputy coroner for Greenville County.

“A gentleman was out hunting squirrels with his three grandchildren in a wooded area when he came upon what he felt like were human remains,” Ellis said. “He exited the area immediately, and notified the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s Office responded and secured the scene until the Coroner’s Office arrived.”

The Coroner’s Office is working with the Sheriff’s Office, the Greenville County Medical Examiner’s Office and a forensic anthropologist from Clemson University, as well as missing persons records, to determine the identity of the person, Ellis said.

The remains had likely been in the area, which sits in the shadows of Interstate 85off Boling Road, for more than a year.

Ellis wouldn’t speculate on whether the case might be related to two other cases where bodies were found in the same proximity over the past year and a half.

“That would be hard to say until we know exactly what happened to this individual,” he said.

In the most recent case this past August, the body of 24-year-old Allison Elaine Southerland was found beneath a bridge on Lakeside Road in a shallow creek bed in an area overrun with kudzu.

Authorities said she had died from multiple blunt-force injuries to her body. She had also sustained injuries to her head.

No arrest has been made in that case.

In January 2009, the body of 31-year-old Talibah Allen was found along Lakeside Drive on a dirt bike trail.

Her boyfriend, Willie James Poole, 30, of 10 Henry St., Greenville, was later charged with murder and possession of a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.

An autopsy revealed that Allen died of multiple gunshots to the chest.

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