FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – Parents of students at Florence School District 2 will need to pick up their kids from school, as school buses will not be running Friday afternoon due to a search for a person of interest in a missing persons case, according to school officials.
Florence County Sheriff's deputies are searching in a wooded area south of Pamplico near Salem Road for a person of interest who is wanted for questioning in connection with a missing person, according to Captain Mike Nunn. When investigators approached the person during a traffic stop, he fled into the woods.
FCSO deputies entered the woods armed with shotguns, according to Reporter Ken Baker at the scene. The State Law Enforcement Division is assisting the search with a helicopter, according to spokesman Thom Berry.
Below is a statement from FCSD2 Superintendent Robert E. Sullivan:
"Florence School District Two is requesting that the parents of bus riding students plan to pick up their children at normal dismissal time today. The Florence County Sheriff's Office is currently searching for a suspect in the Salem Hwy 51/378 area, Bazen Crossroads area, St Luke Road area and E 378 Hwy area towards Kingsburg. The Parents of students that ride Bus Routes number 2 and number 8 in these community areas are requested to assist today in transporting their children home. The buses will not travel in these communities today unless the FCSO notifies the district that the subject has been apprehended."
Sullivan did not describe the schools as being under lockdown, but said School Resource Officers are monitoring the schools and allowing appropriate personnel to enter the schools as needed.
Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.