Missing 10-year-old found at DSS building in Florence

Jermine Davis (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)
Jermine Davis (Source: Florence County Sheriff's Office)

Florence, SC - FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - It's a happy ending for investigators in Florence County after a missing 10-year-old boy showed up at a Department of Social Services building Tuesday morning.

Jermine Davis, 10, of Pamplico, was discovered missing from his Florence County foster home on June 7. Since his disappearance, the Florence County Sheriff's Office has been working around the clock to track down the missing boy.

Twenty-two days after his disappearance, Davis was discovered alone Tuesday around 8:30 a.m. at the Department of Social Services building on South Irby Street. After identifying himself to DSS workers, investigators with the Florence County Sheriff's Office were called to evaluate the boy.

Capt. Michael Nunn, spokesman for the Florence County Sheriff's Office, said Tuesday investigators are currently questioning Davis on his whereabouts for the last 22 days. Davis is expected to undergo an evaluation to assess his physical and emotional condition.

"It's important for us to know where Jermine has been for the last 22 days and if anyone has been attempting to keep him from being found," Nunn said.

Following the assessments, the Department of Social Services will determine whether Davis will return to foster care.

"Our investigators have worked every lead and tip over the past three weeks in an effort to locate this child," Sheriff Kenney Boone said. "It is always great news and an answer to prayer when a child is found safe and well."

Nunn said investigators have reason to believe that Davis had been living with family members in Lake City during the time he was reported missing.

"Numerous tips were received indicating that Davis had been seen on several occasions in the area of Eugene Street in Lake City," Nunn wrote in a press release.

When Davis appeared Tuesday morning, he was reported as being in good condition, well groomed, well nourished and without any sign of abuse or neglect.

Investigators said the next step in the investigation is to figure out if Davis was hidden from authorities and the Department of Social Services during his disappearance. If that is the case, Nunn said deputies will work to learn who was involved.

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