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Identity of bodies found in burned car confirmed to be missing Ridgeland couple

Two bodies found in a burned car Oct. 3 off a road in Hardeeville have been positively identified as Bruce Specks and Shantay Jenkins, confirming the fears of relatives who held a vigil last Friday honoring the missing couple.

Jasper County Coroner Martin Sauls confirmed Wednesday the two bodies were Ridgeland residents Specks, 33, and Jenkins, 27. The two were last seen Oct. 2.

The next day, two bodies were found inside a burned car recovered on Purrysburg Road in Hardeeville. The bodies were taken into the custody of the S.C. Law Enforcement Division for DNA testing to determine their identities, Sauls said last week.

Jasper County Sheriff's Office investigators said last week the incident was under investigation as a homicide. Attempts to reach Sheriff Gregory Jenkins and office spokesman Maj. Donald Hipp for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.

Jenkins is survived by a 6-year-old son. Specks is the father of three children, ages 11, 12 and 16.

Attempts to reach Specks' mother, Cynthia Howard, for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful. Howard said at the Friday vigil that she knew who was responsible for the deaths of her son and Jenkins and awaited justice. She thanked the family and friends who came to offer prayers and support.

"I appreciate what they are doing here, I really do," Howard said. "I don't have the strength to do what they are doing for me here."

Funeral arrangements by Allen Funeral Home for the couple are pending.

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