Elwyn Crocker Sr. has been charged with child cruelty and concealing a death after two of his children were found buried in his yard. According to the coroner, the causes of death for 14-year-olds Mary Crocker and Elwyn Crocker Jr. are unknown due to the amount of time they had been buried. Deputies visited the Crocker’s home after a neighbor expressed concern about the whereabouts of the girl.
- Should the kids have been taken away from Crocker before their deaths?
- Are you surprised authorities weren’t alerted sooner?
Autopsies have confirmed, as expected by the authorities, the identity of two children found buried in the backyard of their family in Effingham County, although many questions remain about the deaths, Coroner David Exley said Monday.
“The cause and manner of death is still pending,” he said, adding it could take weeks.
The trouble, he said, is partly that Mary Crocker and Elwyn Crocker Jr. had been buried so long ago – Mary for perhaps a few months, Elwyn for maybe as long as two years. The remains of the siblings, who were both 14 years old when they were last seen but hadn’t been reported missing, were discovered Thursday in the rural town of Guyton by the Effingham Sheriff’s Office.