HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The father of 'Baby Grace,' 5-month-old girl who was lost in rushing creek water in Socastee last week, is 'heartbroken' at the loss of his daughter and grateful to the agencies who worked to find her, according to a statement released through a local law firm Monday.
The statement by Patrick Olberg was released to the media through the Maguire Law Firm, and reads:
I am heartbroken over the devastating loss of my daughter, Grace. I feel pain and sadness that I never imagined existed. I only hope and pray that Grace will not be forgotten. We are extremely grateful to the Horry County Police, Horry County Fire and Rescue and all of the other agencies that worked so hard to find Grace. We have been touched and humbled by the overwhelming love and support shown by our neighbors, friends and volunteers who searched for Grace. I could never properly express my appreciation for all you have done. My family and I will be forever grateful for your support. We would ask for privacy and continued compassion during this most difficult time. Patrick Olberg
After three days of searching, the body of 5-month-old Baby Grace was found by rescue divers in a Socastee creek, near the house of her mother, 33-year-old Sarah Toney. Toney has been charged with homicide by child abuse after admitting to police that she carried the child into the creek last Tuesday morning and lost her in the rushing creek water.