Missing Hartsville child found safe; investigation continues
HARTSVILLE, S.C. -- The search for a Hartsville area child reported missing Wednesday morning ended with the discovery of the boy safe and playing with other children Wednesday afternoon, Darlington County Sheriff Tony Chavis said.
The child was playing with other children when he was located.
“We’re very ecstatic. We’re so glad that the child is safe,” Chavis said.
Authorities found 6-year-old Isaiah Carroway at a residence on Woodmill Street just outside of Hartsville at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Chavis said during a news conference at Lakeview Baptist Church in Hartsville.
The child was reported missing in a 911 call from his mother at about 9:33 a.m.
Chavis said the boy was taken from his home with permission Tuesday night and was found at the residence of a friend.
The boy and his young sister are both now in emergency protective custody.
No charges had been filed as of 2 p.m. Wednesday but the case remained under investigation, Chavis said. He said charges could be filed depending on the investigation’s findings.
Officials said they expect to update information as the case proceeds.
The Darlington County Sheriff’s Office were assisted in the search by the Hartsville Police Department, the Hartsville Fire Department, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
“We had the bloodhounds out. We had drones in the air,” Chavis said. “At the end of the day, we’re very happy in Darlington County. The child was in no danger.”
No AMBER alert was issued because the case did not meet the criteria necessary to activate the South Carolina AMBER Alert plan, Chavis said.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office at (843) 398-4501.