HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A submerged vehicle found in the Carolina Forest area is tied to a missing persons case, according to police.
According to authorities, that vehicle was the one that missing person Rodriquez Gibbs may have been driving. An HCPD spokesperson said the car was discovered by a helicopter with the State Law Enforcement Division that was assisting in the search.
A tweet from the Horry County Police Department said a 2003 Ford Taurus was found submerged in a pond near Renee Drive on Thursday, but there was no sign of Gibbs.
HCFR’s dive team was called in to search the pond, where they took 20 minute rotations searching the waters, with temperatures around 55 degrees. The spokesperson for HCFR, Tony Casey, said that the visibility at the bottom of the pond isn’t ideal.
“It being murky water doesn’t impact the ability to search the pond a whole a lot. They use their hands a lot and all their senses. They’re in constant communication with the people on shor, so they’re always talking about what they’re seeing and feeling and searching the whole pond that way,” Casey said.
Casey added that crews also searched the nearby woods and shopping plaza.
“The vehicle was found in the pond, but they also run a dog around the area. The police department has been checking every place they could around where we found the vehicle. It’s a constant search with all the resources we have available,” Casey explained.
After diving for hours Thursday afternoon, officials called off the search for the night due to it getting dark. Casey said they plan to resume the search Friday morning.
Gibbs was last seen at 11 p.m. Jan. 6 at Handley’s Pub & Grub on Renee Drive near Carolina Forest, according to the HCPD.
Police said the missing person investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding Gibbs’ whereabouts is asked to call 843-915-8477.
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