WALHALLA — The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office began to issue a series of press releases on May 16 that focused on nine unsolved cases that the Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate.
The first case highlighted was the 1998 disappearance from Seneca and the Utica Mill Hill area of Sheila Ann Carver.
Just recently, a new billboard has appeared in the Bountyland Community of Oconee County asking for information into the whereabouts of Carver.
On June 20, 1998, almost 16 years ago, Carver was reported missing by her father. One of the investigators who worked on the case in the past is current Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.
“I had considered finding a retired law enforcement officer to take a look at these cases on a part-time basis but have decided that in order to give them the attention they deserve,” Crenshaw said. “We need someone working on them full-time. I have assigned Corporal Scott McCreary to begin a process of taking one case at a time to determine what else can be done in an attempt to solve these cases.
“He has not worked on any of these cases previously which will be a benefit because he brings a new set of eyes to objectively review the case,” the sheriff added. “Mr. and Mrs. Carver deserve to know the whereabouts of their daughter so that they can give her a proper burial. I ask anyone with information to call the Sheriff’s Office.”
Carver’s remains have never been recovered, so she is officially considered missing. However, investigators believe that foul play was probably involved in her disappearance and likely death.
According to investigators, Carver, who was 33 at the time, was last seen June 16, 1998, near B & B Trailer Park in the Utica Mill Hill in Seneca where she lived with her boyfriend.
She reportedly left the trailer park after midnight with someone who later told investigators that she changed her mind and decided to return home.
According to that individual, Carver got of a vehicle on Goodard Avenue near the Utica Mill Hill to walk back home. That was the last time she was seen.
In the initial press release of May 16 of last year, an anonymous reward of $10,000 was being offered for information leading to the recovery of her remains. The Sheriff’s Office issued a second press release on June 18, 2013, regarding a second $10,000 anonymous reward.
The billboard features a picture of Carver and mentions the $20,000 in anonymous reward money and the reminder that information leading to the recovery of the remains of Carver and the individual that provides the information will remain anonymous.
It also lists the number for Bert Carver, the father of Sheila, as well as the number for the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office and Crenshaw name as contact information.
The billboard is on the left side of the road just past Whitten Building Systems as you travel S.C. 28 from Miracle Circle in Seneca toward the intersection of Bountyland Road at Keowee School Road.