Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
There are so many questions about the case of the three missing teenagers in Cleveland. That story has plenty of us wondering how can we help in missing persons cases right here in South Carolina.
The state's Sheriff's Association says there are over 6,000 missing person cases reported each year in the Palmetto State.
Currently, there are 44 cases of missing children on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children website. Ten of those kids are from right here in the Midlands -- some are from five months ago, some five years and longer.
"Each case is unique there's not a standard in any way," said Sgt. Arthur Thomas with the Columbia Police Department's Special Victims Unit.
So how can you as a neighbor or part of the community know where to look? Police say it's as simple as being observant.
"If you hear strange noises, screams or what have you, don't ignore them go ahead and call law enforcement, notify them and let them check on it," said Thomas.
While it's not always easy like in Cleveland, investigators say those responsible are often skilled in containing the victim.
"If you step out of the door without one of us with you, this will happen and you make it happen after a while the kid will not move unless they're told to," said Thomas. "The adult conditioned for 10 years will not act unless they're given permission."
Which is why it pays to notice the smallest detail, and police say follow your gut.
"They noticed when the gentleman tugged the child, the child looked at the man with fear, not as a parent not as a guardian but as a stranger, cue in on these things, even if you're wrong, even if the child does belong there, have someone check it out," said Thomas.
Investigators say there's a huge misconception when it comes to reporting missing person cases. It should be done immediately.
"The instant you believe a party is missing, out of character for what you know on the day to day, you can call law enforcement out; you can file a report," said Thomas.
Thomas says within an hour of reporting someone missing, the police agency it's reported to must place that person in a national database for missing persons.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
With a severe thunderstorm moving its way through the Midlands, customers across Richland and Lexington counties currently find themselves without power. South Carolina Electric & Gas is reporting overMore >>
Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>