Family of missing man pleads for state law enforcement’s help


ANDERSON CO., SC (WSPA) – The family of an Upstate man who’s been missing for more than a year is pleading with state law enforcement to step in and help solve the case.

Emmanuel Quarels disappeared last April.

“I want justice. I need peace. I need my son,” said mother, Pamela Quarels through tears.

Every day since April 20th, 2015, Quarels has watched her door, waiting for her son.

“I’ve been keeping my faith that he’s going walk through that door and say, “mama, I’m here.” That’s all I hope for. The best,” she said.

That April day would be the last time the 24 year old father of two was seen. Anderson County deputies say he got into a red car in Pendleton and it drove off.

Thursday, 7 News spoke with Anderson County Sheriff, John Skipper. He would not go into details of their open investigation, but confirmed the Oconee County and Pickens County Sheriff’s offices are also a part of the case.

The Quarrels family and their activist, Bruce Wilson, believe that should change.

“The family feels like the best way to move forward in finding out some answers about Emmanuel’s disappearance is to have the investigation come in under one umbrella. One agency. Therefore I have been in contact with SLED and I’ve asked him to come in and take over this case,” said Wilson.

Sheriff Skipper said while SLED is already assisting the investigation, they cannot act as the lead agency under state law in this type of case. He says no one has a problem continuing to work with SLED to comb through leads and evidence.

He assures the Quarels family they are actively working this case and following new leads, all with the hopes to bring Emmanuel home.

Emmanuel Quarels stands about 5 foot 7 inches and weighs around 150 pounds. If you’ve seen him or you know anything about his disappearance, you’re urged to call the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

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