Missing Myrtle Beach hiker found safe after overnight search

Missing Myrtle Beach hiker found safe after overnight search

SANTEE, SC (WMBF) — A Myrtle Beach woman is in good condition Sunday after she was separated from her family overnight in the woods of Santee State Park.

Family members say they were concerned after the 45-year-old hiker had not returned to their campsite Saturday evening around 6:30 p.m. Deputies with the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office joined the search around 11:30 p.m, launching an overnight canvas in order to find the missing woman.

The woman was located early Sunday morning near the Ballard's Point area more than two miles away from her family.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) used a helicopter in the search as well as help from K-9 units with the Orangeburg County EMS and the state Department of Natural resources to join the rangers in the search.

"We are extremely pleased this lady has been returned to her family after having spent a night in a large wooded area near Lake Marion," Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. "This was a long night of worry and concern. But not nearly as long as for this young lady. We're just glad she's been found."

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