ANDERSON — The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team and members of the volunteer Mounted Search and Rescue assisted the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office with the search of Billy Joe Garrett on Jan. 31.
Garrett, 82, of Western Laurens County, was last seen Jan. 28 near the intersection of U.S. 25 and U.S. 76 in Honea Path. He was wearing a blue flannel shirt and a brown Carhartt jacket. Garrett stands around 5’10”, weighs around 180 pounds, has long gray hair and suffers from dementia.
A $5,000 reward for information leading to the location of Garrett has been announced. Anyone who has seen Garrett is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office at 864- 684-4967.
The 11 CERT members and nine MSaR members were on scene in Laurens County that morning to assist first responders with the search. After covering over 12 miles of wooded land and close to seven hours of searching, searchers were still unable to locate Garrett.
The ground search has since been suspended and authorities planned to begin an aerial search Thursday.
The Mounted Search and Rescue Team currently has 20 certified riders on the team and 25 CERT trained members in its program. Qualification courses and training scenarios are required of both teams to ensure that the teams are ready when requested by first responders for emergency purposes.
For more information on the CERT and MSaR Teams, visit www.andersoncert.com or contact Anita Allison Donley, Community Projects Coordinator, at 864-844-5005 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.