UPDATE: Missing, endangered Mauldin woman Shekia Hopkins found safe


UPDATE (12/28/18 4:12 p.m.):

Mauldin Police told 7News that Shekia Twanda Hopkins was located Friday at about 3 p.m. in Tennessee. She is safe.

The police department would like to thank everyone who helped locate her by sharing posts and looking for her.

ORIGINAL (12/24/18 9:58 p.m.):

Mauldin Police are searching for a missing and endangered 36-year-old woman.

According to a police department news release, officers are searching for Shekia Twanda Hopkins.

She was last seen in Mauldin on December 20, police said.

Police said Hopkins may be driving a four-door, black 2015 Nissan Sentra, with a South Carolina license plate of JEZ-340. The car may have damage to the front-end on the driver’s side. It also has a Lander University sticker on the rear windshield, according to police. 

She is described as 5 foot 5 inches tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Hopkins is a nurse and a mother of three. Her father, Rev. June Irby, said she disappeared the day before her twins’ 19th birthday. 

Irby and another family member told 7 News Hopkins’ car is also gone, and they think she may have run away. They say she’s struggled with depression in the past. 

“Sometimes people won’t tell anyone else,” Irby said. “‘Oh they’ll make it through’…. that don’t happen all the time.”

He said Hopkins had talked about starting a new life, possibly moving up to Philadelphia, where her grandmother lives. But Irby said no one in Philadelphia has heard from her and her phone goes straight to voicemail when he calls. 

Organizer Traci Fant of Freedom Fighters Upstate has been helping the family raise public awareness, saying it is always a concern when a person goes missing. 

“We need the community to understand that these cases are very serious,” Fant said. “Whether a person’s missing for a few hours or a few days, we try to make contact with them, and prayfully, the family gets closure and the person returns home.”

In the meantime, Hopkins’ family spent Christmas without her. Irby is asking the public to be on the lookout and asking his daughter to come. 

“We love you. We want you to come home,” he said. “And if she with someone else, if she can’t get in touch with us, if they could get in touch with us.”

Anyone with information of Hopkins’ whereabouts is asked to call Mauldin Police at 864-289-8900 or call Det. Sgt. RC Thacker at 864-289-8969 or email rthacker@mauldinpolice.com.

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