The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is looking for information about the disappearance of a man investigators believe was with a friend who was murdered 17 years ago.
Elshawndrae Devon Jones, 22, and Toby Bing, 18, were reported missing Feb. 18, 1999, after they allegedly left the residence of a relative together to meet with people in Bluffton, according to a Thursday Sheriff’s Office news release.
The person who called Jones to meet in Bluffton was later identified as Sean Sullivan.
An investigation led law enforcement to believe Jones was involved in narcotics dealing and may have made a transaction at the time he and Bing disappeared, the release said.
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A large amount of dried blood was discovered under Sullivan’s front porch on Hyon Road and the residence’s siding showed it had been recently cleaned with bleach, the release said.
DNA analysis matched the blood to Bing and charges were brought against Sullivan for his murder, the release said. Those charges were later dismissed in the interest of federal indictments and prosecution.
Jones’ DNA was not found at Sullivan’s home.
The vehicle Jones and Bing drove the day they disappeared was discovered abandoned in Savannah, but the quality of surveillance video made identification of the driver impossible.
Investigators believe Sullivan and his associate, Kenneth Campbell, lured Jones and Bing to the Hyon Road mobile home, that both were murdered there and that their bodies disposed of, the release said.
Sullivan and Campbell are currently serving sentences in federal prison on narcotics-related offenses.
Anyone with information on the cold case can contact Capt. Bob Bromage at 843 255-3402, firstname.lastname@example.org or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CrimeSC.
Information leading to an arrest is eligible for an award of up to $2,500.