The City of Clinton Department of Public Safety has now joined with Laurens County Sheriff’s Department, the LCSO K-9 units, SLED aviation and other agencies in a search for Zoey Carles, a 12-year-old Clinton area girl who was last seen at 6 p.m. Thursday evening on the 1600 block of Green Plain Road near Clinton.
Laurens County Dispatch received a call at 10:58 p.m. Thursday that the 12-year-old had walked to a barn on the premises and had not returned, and the family had been unable to locate her since.
During the night LCSO K-9 units searched and SLED aviation unit responded and the City of Clinton and other agencies began assisting in the search Friday morning.
Zoey is a black female, 5’0″, 115 pounds with brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to call 911.
By noon Friday, about 100 members of law enforcement, emergency responders and volunteers were combing the areas around the Carles home on Green Plain Road.
Zoey Carles disappeared from her home around 6 p.m. Thursday.
Laurens County Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder said the search now encompasses about a 2.5-mile radius around the home and now involves local law enforcement as well as manpower from the FBI and neighboring sheriff’s departments, including Greenwood and Spartanburg.
“We’ve expanded the search radius,” Reeder said. “It’s about 2.5 miles — from here to Highway 72.”
At that point, Zoey Carles had been missing for 18 hours.
“It’s like she just walked away,” Reeder said.
Among the volunteers, who were still trickling in to help in the search, Clinton’s Melissa Entrekin waited with her horses, Dakota and Misty.
“I’m a mother, and I just can’t imagine what this family is going through,” said Entrekin, whose boyfriend Calvin Duncan has worked with search-and-rescue teams in the past.
Entrekin, who was waiting on radios so she and Duncan could join the search on horseback, said she lives nearby and thought Duncan’s search-and-rescue expertise and her horses would be of help in the search.
“I haven’t done search and rescue, but I ride all the time,” she said. “Calvin has worked with search and rescue. Horses can go so many places that people and ATVs can’t always go, so I thought it’d be a good idea to put them together.”
— John Clayton, News Editor