North American Missing Persons Network
Toby Jermele Bing

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Above Images: Bing, circa 1999

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 18, 1999 from Hilton Head Island, Beaufort County, South Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 3, 1980
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 185 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: Black
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hair was braided.
  • Jewelry: Silver chain necklace.
  • Case Number: 199022022

  • Details of Disappearance
    Toby had indicated to family members that he was going to help move furniture from one location to another. While out, he received a call on his cell phone from an individual who told him to meet him in Bluffton. He never returned to move the furniture.

    Bing was accompanied by his friend, El Shawndrae Jones, at the time. Both men were last seen at approximately 6:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Wild Horse Road. They were driving Bing's white 1994 Toyota pickup truck at the time of their disappearances. Bing's vehicle was discovered abandoned in Savannah, Georgia on February 24, 1999, six days after he and Jones vanished.

    Detectives verified that there was blood found in the vehicle he had traveled in that was located in GA. Authorities discovered a large amount of blood at the Bluffton residence of Sean Rico Sullivan sometime afterwards. DNA tests confirmed that the blood was Bing's Foul play is suspected. Though a suspect has been arrested, Toby's body has not been found. The investigation revealed that Jones was involved in dealing narcotics, and may have been involved 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 discovered that there was a crime scene on the front porch of Sullivan's Hyon Road residence. An area with large amount of dried blood was found under the porch and the siding of the mobile home, and the front porch showed recent cleaning with a bleach type substance. The vehicle driven by Jones and Bing was discovered abandoned in Savannah, although the quality of the video did not allow authorities 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, that Sullivan and his associate, Kenneth Campbell, lured Jones and Bing to Sullivan's remote Hyon Road residence in Bluffton on Feb. 18. It is believed Jones and Bing were murdered at the residence, and that their bodies were 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.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
    (843) 785-3618
    (843) 689-4300

    Source Information
    Beaufort County Sheriff's Office