“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Assists in Fire Investigation at Cateechee Mill”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently assisting multiple fire departments from Pickens County that have responded to a structure fire at the old Cateechee Mill on Cateechee Trail not far from the City of Norris.

An area resident called at approximately 1:30pm this afternoon and stated that the building was on fire and that the fire department needed to be notified.

Resources from the following fire departments were on scene attempting to contain and beat down the fire:

  • Norris Fire Department
  • Central Fire Department
  • Six Mile Fire Department
  • Liberty Fire Department
  • Clemson University Fire Department

The old facility is not operational and the extent of damages is unknown at the time of this release but expected to be substantial. The nature and cause of fire is unknown as the investigation is preliminary in nature.

The Sheriff’s Office has received information that several children were seen in the street not far from the facility near the time when the fire may have started but it is unknown as to whether they are in any way connected to the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office is assisting the resources of the fire services and there is no additional information to be released at this stage into the investigation.

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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.

“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Confirms That a Deceased Body Has Been Recovered in the Sunset Community”

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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.



“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Conducts Investigation into Missing Man from the Sunset Community”

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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.


” Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Seeks Assistance in Identifying Suspected Auto Breaker”



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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating thefts from unlocked vehicles that occurred from residences in the Liberty area during the nighttime hours on May 22 to May 23, 2017.

Five vehicles that had been left unlocked by the owners were entered by an unidentified person. Personal property to include several financial transaction cards were taken from each vehicle.

Stolen credit/debit cards were later used at local businesses and the Sheriff’s Office is currently attempting to identify a man that was captured on video while attempting to use the stolen cards.

An adult W/M wearing a gray colored t-shirt with the word “Army” printed on the front, light colored pants and a ball cap is seen in the attached images of transactions involving the use of the stolen cards. He was seen driving away in a dark colored sedan which is shown in two of the photos.

Detectives are asking anyone with information as to the identity of the man seen in the photos to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.