A woman who reportedly was missing Wednesday night was found safe in Myrtle Beach, police said.
Conway officers discovered a Myrtle Beach man, identified as 55-year-old Anthony Clark Garrett, on U.S. 501 near Lake Busbee about 10 p.m. after getting calls about him being in the roadway, according to a release from Lt. Selena Small. During the encounter, he seemed intoxicated and confused, Small said. He told officers he thought his girlfriend had fallen off the bridge onto the ground below, according to authorities.
As a precaution, police and rescue crews started scouring the dark water of the Waccamaw River and surrounding land to make sure no one was in distress or danger.
Battalion Chief John Fowler with Horry County Fire Rescue said his crews were on scene just after 10 p.m. assisting in the search. Conway Fire Department and Horry County police also aided in the investigation.
Rescue crews used a thermal imaging system and boats on the water to search the area for the woman, according to a Conway police report.
During the search, officers learned that all witnesses and callers only saw Garrett walking alone — not with a woman.
The investigation stretched through the night, and with the help of Myrtle Beach police, the woman was found safe in Myrtle Beach, Small said.
Authorities on scene Wednesday night determined Garrett was drunk and arrested him in connection with public intoxication, the report says. Garrett remained jailed later Thursday morning, J. Reuben Long Detention Center online records show.