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Charleston Coroner: Human jawbone found on Drum Island

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Last weekend boaters found a bone resembling a human jaw bone on Drum Island underneath the bridge. Last weekend boaters found a bone resembling a human jaw bone on Drum Island underneath the bridge.
Wednesday the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed that a bone found on Drum Island is part of a human jaw bone. Wednesday the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed that a bone found on Drum Island is part of a human jaw bone.
Wednesday the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed that a bone found on Drum Island is part of a human jaw bone. Wednesday the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirmed that a bone found on Drum Island is part of a human jaw bone.
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A Sunday afternoon discovery by two boaters and artifact hunters in Charleston Harbor has turned into quite a mystery. They found a jawbone on Drum Island that the Charleston County Coroner's Office confirms is from a human.

"We were looking for old bottles... or anything of any archeological interest," artist John Walters said.

"My buddy and I were walking along and he found it on the edge of the water," Walters explained.

"I saw this arch and what caught my eye was that the bone was actually standing up straight," Perkins Grant said.

The jawbone was partially submerged in water -- holding secrets untold.

"You wonder what is the story behind it. How it came to be. Your mind wanders and it can go in a thousand different directions," Walters said.

"I immediately thought about Brittanee Drexel... was probably my first and foremost," Grant said.

"Maybe we can solve a crime or give a family some peace of mind," Walters said.

According to the coroner's office, an anthropologist will look at the bones and try to determine how long they have been there. They may never determine the gender or race of the person.

"I'd say it was 5 or 6 years old. But it may turn out that it was 100 years old," Walters said.

"If it is much older... then I've found some real history. If it's not much older than what I think, then we are definitely looking at a missing person or a crime," Grant said.

For Walters, the thought of bringing closure to a family is personal.

"My godfather went missing when I was 15. So, he's been missing and there has been no answers to that story," Walters said.

"If it has to be somebody... that would be great that we brought some closure to a family. Otherwise they are still searching," Grant said.

On June 18 a spokesperson for the Charleston County Coroner said that the jawbone found on Drum Island did not belong to Brittanee Drexel or Gail McCaffrey. 

The coroner's office will attempt to extract DNA in hopes of making an indentification.

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