On September 18, 2017, family members reported 22-year-old Kenneth Eric Jenkins Jr. of St. Helena Island missing. They said Kenneth hadn’t been seen since the morning two days prior and last spoke to him that same evening when Kenneth said he was on a date in Bluffton.
When family members spoke to investigators, they said Kenneth was always accessible whether on his cellphone or social media apps. They said it was not like him to not respond to her which prompted them call to the Sheriff’s Office.
Kenneth, recently having left the Army, was slated to start a new job with a construction company on the 18th. It was a job he never showed up for.
Evidence that was discovered in the early stages of the investigation suggests foul play was involved in Kenneth’s disappearance.
In the days, weeks and even months to follow, investigators interviewed a number of people; sometimes multiple times. Also, investigators searched areas of interest as information came in.
At the time Kenneth was reported missing, he was described as 6’1, 165 lbs., with a high top haircut. Kenneth had two tattoos, one on his chest of the outline of the state of South Carolina with the words “God Bless”, and a tattoo on his arm of his mother’s name, “Donna”.
Kenneth Eric Jenkins Jr. remains missing.
If you have any information related to this case, please contact Sgt. Jennifer Snider at 843-255-3421.