The family of a missing upstate man is now offering a reward for his safe return, Fox Carolina reported February 2.
Billy Joe Garrett, 81, went missing shortly after 6 p.m. Wednesday evening from his home at 13136 Highway 25 in Honea Path, South Carolina. Garrett is 5'10", 180 pounds and has long white/gray hair and a beard. He was last seen wearing a blue flannel shirt and a Carhartt jacket.
According to the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, the family is now offering a $5,000 reward for information that will lead them to Garrett.
This was a bad week for Garrett to go missing. Temperatures in the area have dropped into the teens, with the low being 9 degrees the morning after he was last seen. Garrett also suffers from dementia.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) and the Department of Natural Resources have aided in the search. Helicopters have searched from the air, and dog teams on the ground. Several concerned residents have also canvassed the area on horseback.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-68-CRIME or the sheriff's office at 864-684-4967.