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BCSO COntinues Investigation into Missing HHI Man’s Death

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office investigators are still working to determine what led to the death of a Hilton Head Island man, a man who was previously reported missing.

Officers discovered the body of 35-year old Pascual Rubio Garcia on the night of September 21St in the marsh of the Jarvis Creek Preserve; four days after he was reported missing by family members.

Officials say, after getting off work on the afternoon of September 14th, Garcia went to a friend's apartment at 90 Dillon Rd. He left the apartment at approximately 7:40 pm that evening, after receiving a phone call from an unknown individual whom he mentioned as a being a friend needing a ride. Garcia left alone, driving his dark blue 2002 Dodge Durango, and was not seen again until his body was discovered a week later.

Authorities say that at approximately 8:25 pm on the night of Garcia's disappearance, his vehicle, driven by an unidentified Hispanic male, was involved in a hit-and-run on Spanish Wells Rd. The victim in that accident advised that she was stopped at the traffic light on Spanish Wells Rd when a blue Durango struck her vehicle from behind. When the victim told the suspect she was calling law enforcement, he fled the scene, heading off island.

Garcia was reported as missing by family members on Tuesday, September 17th. News 3's been told that while they initially did not believe that he was in danger, they were concerned as they had been unable to reach him by phone and discovered that he had not reported to work, both of which were described as uncharacteristic behaviors for him.

On September 25th, the Sheriff's Office received notification that Garcia's vehicle had been located in the parking lot of a Subway restaurant in Richmond, VA. Employees of the restaurant advised the vehicle had been there since September 15th, but that no one had seen who had left it there. Investigators traveled to Virginia to process the vehicle and collect evidence, which has been submitted for analysis.

During the course of the ensuing investigation, those close to Garcia advised that he had been involved with a man known to them as "Jonathan." Investigators were able to tentatively identify the man as 22-year old Jonathan Elias-Basque, however, it was also found that the subject utilizes multiple aliases (Jonathan Elias-Basques, Jonathan Vaires-Capacho, Jonathan Vasquez, Jose Guadalupe-Capacho, William Amando-Garcia Nunez, and Jose Guadalupe Castellanos). His last known address was a rented room at a home on Pearl Shell Ln on Hilton Head. At this time, his true identity remains unconfirmed, and investigators have been unable to locate or make contact with him since Garcia's disappearance.

Circumstances leading up to and including Garcia's death suggest foul play. At this time, BCSO says the subject known as Jonathan Elias-Basque is considered a person of interest being sought for questioning. He is believed to have family in the areas of New York and/or New Jersey. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Investigator Cpl. J. Moran at 843-255-3422 or Crimestoppers.

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