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Search for Missing Woman Continues Around the Clock
web posted April 19, 2011
COUNTY – The search for 75-year-old
of Rainbow Falls Road continued throughout the day and into the night
Monday after a worker for the Edgefield County Senior Citizen's Council
found her missing and the front door to the home open around 10 am. The
last time she had been heard from was Saturday. Edgefield County
Sheriff Adell Dobey said his office was using every available resource,
agency, and deputy in order to find Mrs. McCain. "We're going to keep
until we find her," Sheriff Dobey said.
The Sheriff's Bloodhound Team arrived early in the morning and began
tracking as a helicopter from SLED searched from the air. A special
tracking team out of Spartanburg, the South Carolina Search and Rescue
Dog Association, brought in their command center and worked along side
of the Sheriff's Command and also began searching.
Sheriff Dobey said the team is
specially trained for searches of
missing persons and provide their services free of charge. "We're very
fortunate to have them," he said.
Search teams did retrieve an article of her clothing in a wooded area
about 200 yards from the back of the residence. A family member
identified the clothing as belonging to Mrs. McCain.
The search was hampered by a steady breeze that blew throughout the
day, making it difficult for the dogs to hold a scent. Teams were able
to search several hundred yards into the area of woods and fields
behind the home, but continued to loose the trail. When one dog would
loose a trail, a new team, made up of one of the SCSARDG trackers and
dog partnered with one of the Sheriff's Bloodhound Team, would pick up
The Aiken County Red Cross also set up
a relief tent at the staging
area to provide food and drinks to the search teams as the search is
expected to go throughout the night.
Mrs. McCain is described as a 75-year-old black female standing 5' 6"
tall and weighs approximately 160 pounds with grey hair and brown eyes.
She is known to frequently wear a hat, although no clothing description
was given. She suffers from Alzheimer's and diabetes, according to the
It is unknown exactly when she walked off. The possible time frame is
between Saturday afternoon and 10 am Monday.
Anyone with information or may have spotted her walking over the
weekend is asked to call the Edgefield County Sheriff's
Office at 803-278-1625 or 803-637-5337.
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