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Search for Missing Woman Continues Around the Clock

web posted April 19, 2011

COUNTY – The search for 75-year-old Brodies McCain 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 looking 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 search.

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 Sheriff's Office.

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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