GCSO: missing boater took a cab out of Murrells Inlet Monday

WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert
WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert
WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert
WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert

Murrells Inlet, SC - MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) – The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office says it has since terminated its search for a missing Florence man Thursday.

Deputy Russell Goodale, spokesman for the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, said crews called off the search for Harvey Cox, 58, of Florence as of noon Wednesday.

According to Goodale, Cox obtained a cab ride from the Murrells Inlet area out of Georgetown County on Monday. He was last seen in the Florence County area just after midnight on Tuesday.

Goodale says GCSO has terminated the search for Cox.

It led the investigation into what happened to Cox. Investigators were interviewing family and friends to find out more about where the boater may have been before he went missing.

Long-time friend of Cox Luke Hardee was at the scene of the search Wednesday and says he's upset that search crews seem to be giving up.

"One airplane was looking for him as far as I can see now. I don't know what was on the other end, but it looks like they've all left and moved out and give up," he said.

The U.S. Coast Guard Office in Georgetown said the search for Cox began around 1:48 p.m. Tuesday when DNR came upon a boat adrift with no one in it in the Murrells Inlet area.

A vehicle and boat trailer belonging to Cox were also found.

The Coast Guard had a 25-foot boat as well as a helicopter at the scene, searching in one of the small creeks on the Intracoastal Waterway.

According to Sgt. Ryan Williams with DNR, duck hunters reported seeing a man fishing in his boat Monday night around 6:15 p.m.

A spokesman with the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Rescue said the search was off Jordan Landing Road in Murrells Inlet.

Further details into the incident are unknown at this time. WMBF News will provide more details as soon as they become available.

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