Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Kevin McClam disappeared from his home at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek, South Carolina. His parents last saw him playing video games during the early morning hours of March 30, 1997. The next morning, they went to wake him and he was gone. There was no forced entry into the residence. There was nothing uncommon or out of place.
McClam's mother says it is uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning; he never missed a meal and always returned home by dark. He was an eighth-grader at Marrington Middle School at the time of his disappearance, a good student who was well-liked by teachers and did not use drugs. He played basketball. His mother believes her son possibly sneaked out of his house to meet his friends the night he vanished, but all of McClam's friends deny having seen him.Kevin's clothing was found at a construction site at Marrington Plantation, about a mile from his home. His clothes were separated about 5 to 10 feet apart along the road. Witnesses reportedly saw him walking along a road near the construction site in only his underwear and sneakers. Kevin appeared to be alone and not under duress. He is not believed to have left of his own accord. In early 2006, police announced they were investigating Kevinís case as a homicide after new forensic evidence and new tips from the public emerged. Even after publicly naming a suspect, they still have not found Kevin McClam. Thomas Edward McCardle, 26, of Goose Creek, is the principal suspect. McCardle was 16 at the time. McCardle has a lengthy arrest record and has been convicted of burglary and drug charges, according to his criminal history. Investigators think at least two other suspects who were teenagers at the time were with Kevin when he died.
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Special Agent Stan Garland