A 58-year-old man - who in January was considered missing from a boat in Murrells Inlet - has been arrested in Silver Springs, Fla., on a charge of committing a lewd act on a child, according to authorities.
Harvey Legrand Cox was taken into custody around noon Thursday by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Marion County (Fla.) Sheriff's Office, said Capt. Michael M. Nunn, public information officer with the Florence County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities had been searching for Cox, who was wanted by the Florence County Sheriff's Office, since January after his empty boat was found in the water in Murrells Inlet and his vehicle at the boat ramp, leading authorities to fear he may have drowned.
After the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard spent hours searching for Cox in Murrells Inlet, authorities learned Cox took a taxi from Murrells Inlet to Florence, where he lives, Georgetown County sheriff's Deputy Russell Goodale said.
The Florence County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant around the time Cox went missing in January, alleging that between July 2008 and this January, Cox committed lewd acts upon a girl who was about 10 years old when the assaults first occurred, Nunn said.
Capt. Brett Camp with the Florence County Sheriff's Office said at the time they had no idea about Cox's disappearance because they didn't have an active warrant on him prior to his disappearance.
The Florence County Sheriff's Office will attempt to extradite Cox to South Carolina to face the pending charges, Nunn said.
Contact JANELLE FROST at 443-2404.