The Latest: About 40 people search for missing SC children


SMOAKS, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on the search for three children reported missing in rural South Carolina (all times local):

10:20 a.m.

As many as 40 local law enforcement officials and wildlife department workers have resumed the search in heavily thicketed bottomlands and swamps in rural South Carolina for three young children who have been missing since Wednesday night.

Lt. Shane Roberts of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Department says that the children, ages 2, 3, and 4, were reported missing by family members about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Searchers combed the area until about 2 a.m. Thursday. The search resumed five hours later.

The children were reported missing from a small hamlet of modest and mobile homes down a dirt road near the community of Smoaks, not far from Interstate 95, about 60 miles northwest of Charleston.

Roberts says family and neighbors searched for about twenty minutes before calling 911.

Authorities say the missing are two sisters, ages 2 and 4, and their cousin, a 3-year-old boy.

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7:50 a.m.

Authorities in rural South Carolina are searching for three small children — ages 2, 3, and 4 — who were reported missing after playing outside in their yard.

Authorities tell local news outlets the children were in the Colleton County community of Smoaks about 60 miles northwest of Charleston when they were reported missing around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Colleton County Sheriff’s deputies, a plane from nearby Charleston County and officers from the state Department of Natural Resources participated in the search until 2 a.m. Thursday. The search resumed around 7 a.m.

The Associated Press left several messages with the sheriff’s department.

Authorities say the missing are two sisters, ages 2 and 4, and a 3-year-old boy who is their cousin.