2008 - ELIZABETH & JOHN CALVERT
On 03-04-2008, David White, brother of Elizabeth Calvert, reported that she and John Calvert had not been heard from since March 3rd. It was learned, the Calvert’s were scheduled to have a meeting with their accountant (Dennis Gerwing) the previous day in Sea Pines Center on Hilton Head Island. Witnesses revealed Elizabeth Calvert suspected Gerwing had been embezzling money from the couple’s business interests and she and John Calvert were going to confront him.
Gerwing was interviewed and confirmed the Calvert’s had met with him on March 3rd at approximately 5:30 pm. He further advised when the meeting was over the Calvert’s left to go to dinner. Gerwing reported no hostility during the meeting. A closer look at Gerwing’s
story revealed major inconsistencies and substantiated suspicion of his involvement in the disappearance of the Calvert’s. On the night the Calvert’s disappeared, Gerwing suffered a laceration to his right hand, bought bandages and latex gloves at CVS and purchased three commercial grade (9’x12’) drop cloths.
Dennis Gerwing committed suicide on March 11th and admitted to the embezzlement in a note he left. There was no admission or denial of his involvement in the disappearance of the Calvert’s in his note.
There are still no signs of Elizabeth and John Calvert.
1999 - ELSHAWNDRAE JONES & TOBY BING
On 02-18-1999, Elshawndrae Devon Jones (22-years-old) and Toby Bing (18-years-old) were reported missing, after reportedly leaving the residence of a relative together to meet with unknown subjects in Bluffton. Investigation revealed Jones was involved in Narcotics dealing and may have been engaged in a transaction at the time of their disappearance. The subject who called Jones to meet in Bluffton was identified as Sean Sullivan.
It was established there was a crime scene on the front porch of Sullivan’s Hyon Road residence. An area with large amount of dried blood was discovered under the porch and the siding of the mobile home and front porch showed recent cleaning with a bleach type substance. The vehicle driven by Jones and Bing was discovered abandoned in Savannah, although video was not of quality to effectively identify the driver.
DNA analysis of the blood discovered beneath Sullivan’s front porch matched Toby Bing. Charges were brought against Sullivan for the murder of Bing, but were dismissed in the interest of federal indictments and prosecution. It is believed and as evidenced by testimony in federal court, Sullivan and his associate, Kenneth Campbell, lured Jones and Bing to Sullivan’s remote Hyon Road residence in Bluffton on February 18th. It is believed Jones and Bing were murdered at the residence and their bodies disposed of.
Jones' DNA was not discovered at Sullivan’s residence, but it is believed he met the same fate.
Sullivan and Campbell are currently serving heavy sentences in federal prison on narcotics related offenses.
1995 - KAYE FRANCIS REID HAMILTON
On 11-17-1995, Kaye Hamilton (37-years-old) was reported missing from her residence on Jenkins Road in Yemassee by her grandmother, after last being seen on or about November 3rd. It was disclosed she was associated with subjects involved in the trafficking of narcotics, who believed she may have been tipping off law enforcement of their activities. This belief on the part of the drug traffickers was without merit.
Persons of interest were investigated, but no firm link between them and Hamilton’s disappearance has been established. Forensic evidence suggestive of foul play was recovered from her residence. Hamilton was not seen or heard from again.
Kaye Hamilton’s DNA is available for comparison and is stored in the National Missing Persons DNA database.
AKA: Kaye H. Coley; Kaye Reid; Kaye Reid Hamilton; Kay F. Hamilton; Deanne B. Hamilton; Deanne B. Reid; Deanne Mickens; Kaye B. Hamilton; Kaye S. Hamilton; Michelle Monique Mickens; B. Reid
1991 - APRIL IRENE VLK
On 10-23-1991, April Vlk (37-years-old) was reported missing from her Sea Side Villas apartment in Hilton Head by her father, last having been seen on September 17th.
It was learned on the date of her disappearance, there was a verbal disagreement during which her boyfriend told her to leave the apartment.
It was reported by witnesses at a local church, a female matching Vlk’s description stopped there and asked for cardboard to write a
hitchhiking sign. According to witnesses, the female wrote Washington, DC on the cardboard and stated she was leaving Hilton Head. The barefoot female, believed to be Vlk, was given twenty dollars to buy shoes at Wal-Mart and proceeded to leave the church. Vlk has not been seen or heard from since.
It is not known whether or not she successfully hitchhiked away from Hilton Head or she met with foul play. Vlk’s DNA profile is stored in the National Missing Persons DNA database.
1987 - PAUL LEONARD BAKER
On 03-05-1987, Paul Baker (3-years-old) was reported missing from his Shell Point residence by his step-mother, Susan Baker. She reported while she was taking a nap, Paul Baker must have walked out of the residence.
It was disclosed she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of his disappearance. Baker’s story was highly suspicious and through investigation it was learned Paul Baker and his 6-year-old sister were physically abused by her on a regular basis. Ultimately, Susan Baker was charged with the assaults on Baker’s 6-year-old sister and convicted.
There have been reports on the whereabouts of Paul Baker over the years, but none have revealed his remains. Susan Baker and James Baker, the biological father of Paul Baker, eventually moved to Chipley, Florida, where in 2000 a cold case investigation led to charges on both Susan and James Baker regarding their neglect in the disappearance of Paul Baker. They were extradited to Beaufort County, where the charges were ultimately dismissed. Upon release, they went back to Chipley.
In 2009, a 7-month-old infant was abducted and Susan Baker was again named as the suspect. The infant was found alive and well five days later, having been hidden in a box under a bed by Susan Baker. She was charged in connection with the infant’s abduction.
She remains the person of interest in the disappearance of Paul Baker.
His DNA is stored in the National Missing Persons DNA database.
1986 - KRISTINA JOANNE PORCO
On 11-29-1986, Kristina Porco (16-years-old) was reported as a runaway juvenile by her mother following a domestic dispute at their Woodlake Villas apartment on Hilton Head Island. Her mother advised she stormed out of the apartment after an argument and was not seen again.
A friend reported getting a telephone call from Porco after the argument asking her to meet her at the pool area of the apartment complex. When the friend arrived, she was unable to locate Porco, but did find her Red Sweater draped over a lawn chair in the pool area. Porco left on foot with no money or extra clothing. Her savings account containing a few hundred dollars was never accessed, after the date of her disappearance.
Follow up investigation revealed numerous witnesses to strained relationships
between Porco and her parents. It was learned shortly after Porco stormed out of the apartment, her father allegedly went driving around for a few hours in an effort to look for her. His actual whereabouts during that timeframe was never established.
Kristina Porco’s DNA profile is stored in the National Missing Persons DNA database.