“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.


“Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Continues to Investigate Suspicious Fire that Destroyed Local Tavern”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office currently has two detectives assigned to the investigation into the circumstances of the fire that destroyed a local business on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The business known as “Bob’s Place” located at 1490 Moorefield Memorial Hwy has been declared to be a total loss due to damage from the fire.

The Sheriff’s Office has interviewed several individuals and tracked down numerous leads but has yet to develop enough information to positively identify a suspect. Information that has been disseminated from various sources over social media has stated that an individual has been arrested by the Sheriff’s Office as a result of the investigation.

Sheriff Rick Clark stated…

“We have not filed charges against any individual regarding the fire at Bob’s Place. We ask that members of the community refrain from making unsubstantiated statements and I certainly would advise them to not publicly identify a particular person by name as being the person responsible for the fire unless that information has been released by my office. 

Publicly posting these types of statements can potentially jeopardize our investigation and I am committed to bringing the person or persons responsible for this incident to justice once we are able to confirm our suspicions that this was an intentional act targeted against Bob’s Place. 

For the sake of Ms. Johnson (Bob’s widow), help us and don’t work against us. If you have information that you think we should be aware of then please contact my detectives or if you feel more comfortable remaining anonymous then please contact CrimeStoppers.”

The Sheriff’s Office is working closely with prosecutors from the 13th Circuit Solicitor’s Office throughout the investigation as the facts and supporting evidence is collected.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to please contact the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office at (864) 898-5500 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.


“Pickens County Sheriff’s Deputy involved in Traffic Accident”

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The Pickens County Sheriff’s Office is confirming that a deputy was involved in a traffic collision at the intersection of Hwy 93 and South Pendleton St. at approximately 10:00pm on Monday, May 22, 2017.

The on-duty deputy was the only occupant in the marked patrol unit at the time of the collision which involved a 2014 Toyota Tundra truck occupied by two civilians. The deputy and the two civilians were treated and released for minor injuries following the accident.

Preliminary findings indicate that the deputy entered the intersection with his blue lights activated after he observed another vehicle disregard the red light. In the deputy’s effort to pass through the intersection and stop the suspected violator, the patrol unit was struck on the driver’s side by an oncoming vehicle causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

The Sheriff’s Office wants to emphasize that the deputy was not in an active pursuit.

As per state law, the SC Highway Patrol was requested to investigate the accident. The deputy was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way.

Sheriff Rick Clark stated…

“We are extremely thankful and feel blessed that the three parties involved in this accident did not sustain any life-threatening injuries. Unfortunately, the unknown driver in the vehicle that precipitated the incident did not stop and was not able to be identified. 

We serve with the vision to protect life and property and we are our own worst critics when our actions fall short of achieving that goal”.