Older brother wants answers, on how his brother died 31 years ago

Published: Sep. 2, 2011 at 10:00 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2011 at 10:01 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A brother of a USC student whose body was discovered months after being reported missing is still searching for answers.

Investigators say it's a 31-year-old cold case that needs some heat.

Eugene "Mike" O'Boyle was a junior at the University of South Carolina, before disappearing on May 27, 1980, according to investigators.

They say Mike was last seen cashing a check at a bank in Richland County on Two Notch Road. Two days later his parents reported him missing to authorities.

Investigators say that officers began a search for Mike's Volkswagon Dasher on the 29th of May.

On the same day, a highway patrolman says he discovered the victim's car completely engulfed in flames on the near the corner of Parklane and Farrow Road. Mike's body was not inside.

Mike's skeletal remains were discovered 6 months later in a wooded area two miles away off Rabon Road.

Now in 2011, Mike's older brother, Pete O'Boyle is still without answers on how his brother died.

"After 31 years I think the main thing we want to know is why or who," said Pete.

Pete says he just wants a name, a person to reveal what happened to his brother.

Investigator Robert Martin says a witness claims they saw three men driving Mike's car to the site where it was set on fire.

According to investigators there's still no clues as to what happened and why.

Pete says his brother's mysterious death ended what could have become of their relationship as grown men.

Now, after three decades with no answers, he's hoping this year will be different.

Investigator Martin says that hopefully someone will see the story and come forward with more information.