Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry
Contact Crime Stoppers
Crime Stoppers FAQ
Donate to Crime Stoppers
Submit a Tip to Crime Stoppers
Home  |  News  |  HCPD confirms missing preteen has been found

HCPD confirms missing preteen has been found

Share |
En Espanol

Thursday, June 30, 2011

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Police confirm investigators found a missing 12-year-old girl and one arrest was made in the case.

Lt. Jamie DeBari with Horry County Police says Blankenship was found Wednesday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m. in the area of Highway 22 and Robert Edge Parkway in the North Myrtle Beach Section of Horry County.

The girl was immediately taken into Emergency Protective Custody.

HCPD arrested Danny Dewayne Hardee, 25 of Conway. Charges are pending at this time.

When speaking with WMBF News Reporter Evan Lambert Wednesday morning, family members of McCarrie C. Blankenship, reported missing Sunday afternoon, voiced concerns the young girl may be with a former neighbor.

Blankenship's family members said Wednesday morning the 12-year-old may have been with an older male who previously lived near the family. Loved ones of the previously missing preteen believe the former neighbor and Blankenship had some type of relationship, but did not delve further into the details.

Family members say they're relieved the girl was found.

"Thank God she's safe. I thank everybody that's been out there trying to help find her. You don't know what it's like to have a mess like this," said Geraldine Harris, Blankenship's grandmother and legal guardian.

The family says they have a long list of people to thank and are looking forward to a reunion with McCarrie.

"I'll probably hug her and love her and tell her how much I miss her and don't ever do this again," said Harris.

Horry County Police confirmed Wednesday morning they had a person of interest in Blankenship's case, but would not release the name of that individual. Since Hardee's arrest they are saying he was that person of interest.

The Horry County Police Department discovered the bike of the missing 12-year-old Tuesday evening but did not release the location where the bike was found. In addition, police did not limit the search for Blankenship to one area, but continued to search all of Horry County until she was found.

Lt. Jamie DeBari, said Blankenship was last seen around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Loop Road and Highway 366 in the Loris area at the time she was reported missing.

Blankenship was last seen wearing a white sundress with bows on both shoulders and blue shorts. She was seen carrying a pink and white backpack. Police have not released information on the condition of the girl after being found.

DeBari said Blankenship had threatened to run away on Saturday when she became upset about a recent move.

If you, or someone you know, have any information regarding any crime, you are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers. You could earn a reward up to $1,000.

Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 554-1111, toll free at 1-888-CRIME-SC, or online at Texters can send anonymous tips to CRIMES (274637), and mark the beginning of the message with "TIPCSL". Text STOP to 274637 to cancel. Text HELP to 274637 for help. Msg&Data Rates May Apply.


Notice about comments:
Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. Crime Stoppers does not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry. If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website.

Comments left on this site are NOT ANONYMOUS.

Crime Stoppers does not take information on crimes here or via standard email because we cannot guarantee your anonymity. Any information sent to us through comments will NOT be acted upon and will be removed. Please call 554-1111 or 1-888-CRIME-SC, or use our online tip form to give information anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

More Lowcountry Alerts

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe via RSS Get updates by email. Connect with Crime Stoppers

DO NOT attempt to approach, detain, follow or arrest any individual based on this web site's information. As information becomes dated it may become less accurate. Because some wanted persons are being sought for crimes of violence, or are known to be armed, all wanted persons should be considered dangerous. If you have information regarding the identity or whereabouts of any wanted person immediately contact Crime Stoppers or notify your local law enforcement agency.

Site Design & Maintenance:

© Copyright Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry. All Rights Reserved.