POWDERSVILLE — Skeletal remains discovered in Anderson County have been identified as those of a Greenville man who was reported as missing by his wife last summer, according to the Anderson County Coroner’s Office.
Authorities said Gary Calvin Burton, 46, was last seen by his wife on June 28, 2015, at Greenville Hospital. Anderson County Coroner Greg Shore said they were able to identify him from the serial number on his defibrillator.
The remains, found at the intersection of McNeely Road and River Road, just off SC153, were discovered Jan. 17. Anderson County Sheriff’s Office personnel immediately sealed off the wooded area to begin a search.
The search was suspended around 8 p.m. with the anticipation a grid search would begin in the early morning hours of Jan. 18.
Anderson County Deputy Coroner Don McCown said it did not appear as if there was an attempt to bury the remains at any time.
“They are scattered over an area of 20 or 30 yards and I can say they have been out there for quite some time,” McCown said. “It looks like animals have been at them.”
Shore said the remains were discovered by a young man out riding a four-wheeler.
The victim’s ID was made after an anthropologist from the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office joined Anderson County investigators on the case.
ACSO officials said details would be released as they become available.
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