Missing Lake Hartwell boater found alive in Anderson Co.

Missing Persons

UPDATE: The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office said missing boater Adam Brooks have been found alive.

They say Brooks is being checked out by EMS personnel.


ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – Anderson County Sheriff’s Office officials said a search is underway for a missing boater near Lake Hartwell.

According to a news release, deputies are searching for Adam C. Brooks, who was last seen on Oct. 21.

Deputies said his truck and empty boat trailer were located at the Townville boat access on Conneross Road.

Photo of Brooks’ boat – Courtesy of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office

Crews have been searching for Brooks on and around Lake Hartwell, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Kind of didn’t know what was going on. Hate to hear that somebody is missing,” said Kelvin Duncan.

Duncan came to the Townville Lake Access along Lake Hartwell to enjoy the water and check on the water levels. Duncan said he didn’t expect to see the scene.

Detectives said Brooks’ wife spoke with him on Wednesday night and believe he was possibly working on a job, but after he didn’t come home on Thursday morning, she went to search for him. Investigators said that’s when she found his truck abandoned.

“I couldn’t imagine what it would really be like,” Duncan said.

Hours later, deputies said they found Brooks’ boat, but he wasn’t in it. Now it leaves people like Duncan wondering if a serious problem occurred under water.

“There are obstacles in the lake that’s pretty dangerous from time to time. They try to mark them all, but sometimes people destroy the markers and a lot of people not familiar with it, so accidents happen from time to time,” Duncan said.

Deputies said Thursday evening, crews will continue to search overnight for Brooks, and people hope he is safely brought back home.

“I know we’re committed to doing our best to try and locate him,” said Sgt. JT Foster, Public Information Officer for the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’m very sorry to hear about it and I hope the outcome is good. I hope he’ll be found somewhere safe,” Duncan added.

ACSO Air Support, Anderson Technical Rescue, and DNR are assisting with the search.

Brooks is described as being 6-feet-tall, weighs about 200 pounds, and has brown hair and blue eyes.

Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to call 864-260-4405.

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