Foul play suspected in death of man found in Hilton Head marsh

info@islandpacket.comOctober 4, 2013 

Johnathan Elias-Basque is a person of interest in the death investigation.


The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says it suspects foul play in the death of a man whose body was found in a marsh on Hilton Head Island last month.

The body of Pascual Rubio Garcia, 35, of Hilton Head was discovered on the night of Sept. 21 in the Jarvis Creek Preserve, off Spanish Wells Road near Humane Way. Relatives had reported him missing four days earlier.

The Sheriff's Office wants to question a "person of interest," 22-year-old Jonathan Elias-Basques, according to a news release.

Elias-Basques has used several aliases, including Jonathan Vaires-Capacho, Jonathan Vasquez, Jose Guadalupe-Capacho, William Amando-Garcia Nunez, and Jose Guadalupe Castellanos, the release said.

During the investigation, deputies learned Garcia had been involved with a man known as "Jonathan." Deputies tentatively identified Elias-Basques, whose last known address was a rented room at a home on Pearl Shell Lane on Hilton Head, according to the release. He is believed to have family in New York and New Jersey.

Garcia was last heard from Sept. 14, when he went to a friend's apartment on Dillon Road, according to the Sheriff's Office. He left there about 7:40 p.m. after receiving a phone call from an unknown friend in need of a ride.

At about 8:25 p.m., an unknown Hispanic man was driving Garcia's dark-blue, 2002 Dodge Durango when it was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Spanish Wells Road, the release said. The other driver said that as she called for authorities, the suspect fled, heading off the island.

Family reported Garcia missing Sept. 17 after he did not report to work. A cause of death will not be made public at this time, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sgt. Robin McIntosh said.

Anyone with information can call Cpl. J. Moran at said 843-255-3422 or Crime Stoppers at 888-274-6372.

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