When 22-year-old Elshawndrae Devon Jones and18-year-old Toby Bing left a relative’s home to meet with people in Bluffton on Feb. 18, 1999, there was no way of knowing it was the last time either of them would be seen.
The pair had been called out to Bluffton by a man named Sean Sullivan according to a Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office report. Upon their arrival at Sullivan’s Hyon Road home, they were likely murdered according to the report.
Sullivan and an associate, Kenneth Campbell were suspected of the murders after a crime scene was established on the front porch of Sullivan’s residence, the report said. A large amount of blood was found under the porch and siding of the mobile home, and the porch itself showed evidence of recent cleaning with a bleach-like chemical.
After performing DNA analysis of the blood it was revealed as belonging to Bing, and charges were brought against Sullivan for Bing’s murder, according to the report. Authorities believe Jones could have been murdered as well, but did not find any of his DNA at the scene.
The vehicle driven by Jones and Bing was later found in Savannah, the report says. It had been abandoned.
The Sheriff’s Office investigation turned up information that Jones was involved with narcotics dealing, and that he and Bing might have been involved in a deal at the time of their disappearance.
Charges against Sullivan for Bing’s murder were later dismissed so as not to interfere with federal indictments and prosecution, according to the Sheriff’s Office report.
Both Sullivan and Campbell are now incarcerated in federal prison, serving long sentences on narcotics offenses, the report said.
If you have any information that could help bring closure to this unsolved missing persons case, please contact Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bob Bromage at (843) 255- 3402 or (843) 816-8013. He can also be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A potential reward of up to $2,500 is offered for information leading to an arrest in any Beaufort County cold case.