This afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office has been receiving numerous phone calls regarding a flyer that has been distributed and placed on homeowner mailboxes throughout the county. The content of the flyer refers to information from a Pickens County Ordinance pertaining to animals.
The Sheriff’s Office did not distribute these flyers and the identity of the person(s) that did is unknown. The Sheriff’s Office does not disseminate information by placing flyers on mailboxes and we do not recommend that anyone rely solely on any information that is provided to you by an unknown source.
The contents of county ordinances can be researched on county websites.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, along with volunteer searchers, located a deceased person earlier today just before noon. Canines commonly referred to as “cadaver dogs” that are specifically trained in the detection of deceased animals to include humans were utilized in the search that occurred early this morning.
The victim was located in an extremely remote, wooded area approximately one half mile from the residence where a man was reported missing last week to authorities on June 2, 2017. That residence is located at 580 Little Estatoee Rd.
Gabriel Bradley Hein (28yoa) was reported missing to the Sheriff’s Office after he was last seen walking away from his parents’ home on the evening of Wednesday, May 31, 2017. He was exhibiting signs and symptoms characteristic of paranoia and making strange statements that “people were out to get him”.
The remains of a decomposed male that was found today is believed to be Mr. Hein based on several pieces of evidence found at the scene. A handgun was also recovered near the victim’s body and preliminary investigation is the victim may have died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Sheriff Rick Clark was on the scene during the search and responded to the remote site where the victim was recovered.
Sheriff Clark stated…
“We had never given up hope that we could find Mr. Hein alive and well so that we could reunite him with his family and get him the help that he needed.
Unfortunately, it appears that in the early stages of his disappearance he chose to end his life. Our hearts and prayers continue to remain with his family during this heartbreaking discovery today.”
Further examination of the body at the request of the Coroner’s Office will be conducted to absolutely confirm the identity of the deceased. The investigation remains active and is still on-going pending the results of that examination.
The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently conducting an investigation into the disappearance of a man that walked away from his parents’ home on the evening of Wednesday, May 31, 2017, and has not been seen since.
Gabriel Bradley Hein is described as a W/M, 28yoa, 5’11”, approximately 200 plus lbs, brown hair with a brown beard and was last seen wearing a black t-shirt, brown or tan shorts, gray colored “Croc” shoes and was in possession of a gray colored backpack.
Mr. Hein may possibly be in the need for medical care due to recent episodes of paranoia and statements made to his family that he felt that people were trying to take his life.
The Sheriff’s Office along with the assistance from other county and volunteer resources has conducted a foot search of the immediate area where he was last seen; however, all attempts to locate Mr. Hein have been unsuccessful.
Members of the public are encouraged to notify local law enforcement by calling 911 if they see Mr. Hein and avoid any effort to make contact or detain him.
The Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone with other information regarding the location of Mr. Hein to please contact the Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.
Please see the attached photos of Gabriel Bradley Hein.