Pickens County Coroner Identifies Body of Missing Man


For Immediate Release

Chuck James, Chief Deputy

Pickens County Sheriff’s Office


Pickens County Coroner Identifies Body of Missing Man

At approximately 9:15 P.M. on July 7th, 2022, deputies with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office located the body of what appeared to be an adult male in the 3100 block of Pumpkintown Highway. Pickens, SC. 29671. The body was suspected to be that of Francis Alward, who went missing on June 29th, 2022.  

On July 8th, 2022, The Pickens County Coroner’s Office positively identified the body as Francis Alward. No foul play is suspected.  

The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank first responders from all over the Upstate and Foothills Search and Rescue members, who have worked tirelessly to locate Mr. Alward.

In addition, we greatly appreciate the public outreach for support in the search for Mr. Alward.