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Missing camper from Santee State Park has been located in good condition, sheriff says

Missing Person Found Safe (WCIV graphic)

Sheriff Leroy Ravenell of the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office announced on Sunday a camper reported missing from Santee State Park has been located in good condition.

"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," the sheriff 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."

Sheriff Ravenell said family members reported the 45-year-old Myrtle Beach woman walked into a wooded area near their Lake Shore area campsite on Saturday. The family contacted State Park rangers and started searching the woods when the woman had not returned about an hour later.

Orangeburg County Sheriff's deputies were called in Saturday evening but said they had no success finding the missing woman.

The sheriff's office contacted South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), Orangeburg County Emergency Services, and the state Department of Natural resources to join the rangers in the search.

The Sheriff's office said K-9 units were deployed as well as a helicopter from SLED, which searched for the woman the majority of early Sunday morning.

Early Sunday, the OCSO announced the woman was located near the Ballard's Point area more than two miles away.

"I can't express how happy myself, the deputies involved, the emergency personnel from state and local agencies - everyone involved - were to reunite this woman with her family," Sheriff Ravenell said. "I can't imagine how her family felt. If this were my own family member, we would be beside ourselves. So we can only imagine how they felt. But she's been found safe. For that we are so thankful."



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