• Mary Ann Elvington was last seen Sunday near US 76 in Nichols
  • The 80-year-old's body was found Monday on Zion Road
  • Authorities said they are treating the investigation as homicide

The search for a missing South Carolina woman ended Monday after a body found on Zion Road was identified as that of the 80-year-old.

The elderly woman had been missing since Sunday, media outlet SCNOW reported.

“At approximately 6:45 p.m. this evening, remains believed to be that of missing 80-year-old Mary Ann Elvington were located in the Zion community of Marion County,” Marion County Sheriff Brian Wallace said. “The Marion County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this heinous crime as a homicide along with Horry County Police Department and the State Law Enforcement Division.”

Elvington was last seen near US 76 in Nichols, authorities said. Her white 2012 Buick LaCrosse was found unoccupied at a location on Bobby L. Davis Boulevard in Marion.

“Over the course of the investigation, HCPD and MCSO have utilized bloodhounds and other tracking K9s, FLIR thermal imaging equipment, and foot searches in an effort to find Elvington,” Wallace said, SCNOW reported.

South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) also provided air support via helicopter. Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said an investigation is underway into the incident.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office urged the public to come forward with any information that may help find those responsible for the death of the elderly woman.

“We sincerely appreciate the diligence and exceptional work by our neighboring agencies,” Horry County Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. “While this is not the outcome we had hoped for, we will not rest until this crime is solved.”

Elvington had been described as approximately 5’2” and 160 lbs., with gray brown hair and brown eyes.

Crime Scene
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