The skeletal remains found in the Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve and Wildlife Management area in greater Bluffton on November 14, 2022, have been confirmed through dental records to belong to 61-year-old Brenda Kay Carman, who was reported missing in August.
The cause of death has been deemed a homicide.
Brenda Carman was reported as a missing person by her brother on August 22, 2022. The report was filed after calls and messages from family members and friends went unanswered. This behavior was abnormal for her. She did not suffer from any diagnosed medical conditions that would have deemed her “endangered”.
Through interviews with family members and friends, it was determined that the last contact anyone had with Brenda occurred on August 9, 2022.
Her vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai, was found on September 9, 2022, at Walmart on Pembroke Drive in Hilton Head.
Brenda was a resident of the Indigo Run community of Hilton Head and shared the home with her long-time boyfriend.
Investigative efforts lead to area searches for Brenda in parts of Hilton Head Island and Bluffton including the Victoria Bluff Heritage Preserve where her remains were recovered.
The investigation into this case is active and ongoing. Anyone with information about Brenda Carman’s death or disappearance is encouraged to contact Investigator W. Weich at 843-255-3313, or if wishing to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111.