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May 6, 2011

Skeletal remains found in Conway identified as Myrtle Beach man

Horry County police have identified a Myrtle Beach man as being the victim of a homicide after they found his body in 2009 in a wooded area near Conway, Sgt. Robert Kegler said.

Police found skeletal remains on Sept. 29, 2009, behind the Veteran’s Affairs and Horry County Parks and Recreation Building on Oak Street Extension in Conway, Kegler said. Through DNA testing, police identified the remains as being Todd Lee Christians, 33, who was last seen in the Myrtle Beach area in December 2007.

Christians had no contact with family since 2007, but was known to be “a drifter and moved quite often,” Kegler said. “He had no known friends or acquaintances.”

Police are treating Christians death as a homicide because during the examination a bullet hole was found his skull, Kegler said. Christians’ remains were sent to an anthropologist, who determined that the bones were that of an adult white male and discovered the bullet wound.

In July, detectives got facial reconstruction pictures from the State Law Enforcement Division and received several tips about who he was, but none were substantiated, Kegler said. In the process of the investigation, the remains were sent off in an attempt to extract mitochondrial DNA for testing.

DNA test results were returned last week and a match was confirmed through prison records from Kansas.

Anyone with information about Christians or the incident can call Horry County police at 915-5350, or to remain anonymous call 915-8477.

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