Sheriff’s office locates runaway teen

March 23, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. -- A runaway teen threatening suicide was located by Florence County Sheriff’s deputies using the agency’s helicopter.

Deputies responded about 11 a.m. to a 911 call of a teen who had run away from home, with a firearm, following a physical and verbal “altercation” with a parent, according to release from the agency.

The agency’s Raptor 1 was on display at the time for Timmonsville High School’s career day and responded from there and, within minutes after arrival, located the teen in the woods around Bragdon Road near Lake City.

“Once located, deputies on the ground were able to safely approach and take the juvenile into custody,” Maj. Mike Nunn wrote in the release on the incident.

“Once in custody, the juvenile denied any intent of self-harm and was charged with simple larceny, assault and battery (third degree) and minor in possession of a pistol,” according to the release. “The juvenile was later released into the custody of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice.”

“Our ability to respond to incidents like this from the air and the ground means that we are able to resolve dangerous situations more quickly and safely for all concerned,” Florence County Sheriff Kenney Boone said through the release. “When locating missing adults or children or fleeing suspects, time is of paramount importance. We are fortunate to have these tools as well as the professionals to use them to get the job done.”