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Posted on: September 2, 2018

Human remains found in Catawba, SC

Martin Bankhead Black Male Bald

YORK COUNTY, SC – On August 29, 2018, surveyors in the area of Will Jones Circle and South Anderson Road in Catawba, SC, located human remains in a creek and wooded area.

After an investigation in coordination with the York County Coroner’s Office, it is believed the remains are of Martin Elbert Bankhead, 61, who was reported missing on June 10, 2018 from his home in Raleigh, North Carolina. On June 11, 2018, Bankhead’s vehicle was located off the road, stuck on the railroad tracks near Cureton Ferry Road in Catawba. 

On June 13, 2018, the York County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from York County Office of Emergency Management and the Lesslie Volunteer Fire Department searched a one and a half mile radius for several hours in Catawba where Bankhead’s vehicle was found to no avail.

The investigation is ongoing.

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