The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office is asking for help locating an 87-year-old woman who has been missing since she left to assist her son.
Hattie Edwards of Springfield was last seen just before noon Thursday at a truck stop on U.S. Highway 301, Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said.
“If anyone has any information on Mrs. Edwards’ location, please call us or your local law enforcement agency immediately,” Ravenell said. “We want to bring this lady home as soon as possible.”
Ravenell said family members reported Edwards missing at 8 p.m. Thursday.
She had left her Surrey Race Road home around 10 a.m. to assist her son, who had run out of gas on U.S. Highway 21 in Colleton County.
She had not been seen by family members or her stranded son by 6 p.m.
Investigators tracked down a motorist who saw Edwards at Love’s Truck Stop on Highway 301 around 11:55 a.m.
The motorist said he loaned Edwards his phone when he noticed she seemed distressed. Edwards explained to the motorist she was trying to find her son and had gotten lost.
The motorist and the victim’s son gave her new directions to the son’s location. The motorist told investigators Edwards seemed to understand the directions.
She hasn’t been seen since.
Edwards is described as a light-skinned black female standing about 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing around 150 pounds. She is driving a tan Kia Forte.
If anyone has any information on Edwards, they should contact the nearest law enforcement agency or the sheriff’s office at 803-534-3550.