Family searching for answers after woman drowned in HCSO van

Family searching for answers after woman drowned in HCSO van

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The family of one of the two women who drowned in floodwaters in Marion County last week is searching for answers after two Horry County Sheriff’s deputies drove through floodwaters.

Authorities say Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop were the two deputies. Nicolette Green and Wendy Newton were the women. They were mental health patients being transported to Darlington and Lancaster.

Green’s funeral is set for Wednesday in Pennsylvania, according to her sister Donnela Green-Johnson.

Green-Johnson has listened to the police scanner traffic from that night, and she says she has many questions.

One section of the scanner traffic talks about how people will be able to breathe if they’re standing up. Green-Johnson wants to know whether the law enforcement officials on the scanner were talking about the deputies or the women.

Green-Johnson is also skeptical about whether the women were chained up. Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said last week they weren’t but part of the scanner traffic talks about getting bolt cutters to cut chains.

Green-Johnson has a strong message for Flood and Bishop.

“They left them in that van to die,” Green-Johnson said. “They drove into flood water. They went around barricades. I want them charged, and I want them convicted in a court of law. I want them never to wear another badge ever again.”

She says more than anything, she just wants to know what happened that night.

“My parents are burying their daughter Wednesday,” Green-Johnson said. “And they’re doing it with no answers. That’s not right.”

Three investigations into the incident are still underway. The State Law Enforcement Division, South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Horry County Sheriff’s Office are all investigating.

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