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Man feared drowned in waters near Murrells Inlet, took cab ride to Florence

Authorities have an active warrant for a 58-year-old man, who took a taxi cab ride Monday from Murrells Inlet to Florence County before emergency officials searched for him this week when his boat was found adrift and his vehicle at the boat ramp, according to authorities.

Evidence showed that Harvey Cox took a cab ride on Monday from Murrells Inlet to Florence, where he lives, Georgetown County Sheriff Deputy Russell Goodale said. He was last seen in Florence County just after midnight Tuesday.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office has an active warrant for Cox on the charge of lewd act on a child under the age of 16, said Capt. Brett Camp with the sheriff’s office. The warrant was issued Wednesday for Cox’s arrest.

The charge stems from an incident that occurred between July 2008 and January at Cox’s home located at 303 Laurel Lane in Florence, Camp said. Additional details about the charge were being withheld because of the “sensitivity” of the case, he said. “We have no idea about [Cox’s disappearance] because we didn’t have an active warrant on him prior to his disappearance,” Camp said.

Emergency officials spent hours searching for Cox after a member of the state’s Department of Natural Resources found Cox’s boat adrift Tuesday morning in Murrells Inlet. They later found his vehicle parked at the boat ramp.

Officials suspended the search on Wednesday. Authorities with DNR, the Coast Guard, Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Rescue and the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office conducted the search using boats and a helicopter.

Anyone with information regarding Cox’s whereabouts can call the Florence County Sheriff’s office at 843-665-2121 or the Pee Dee Crime Stoppers at 843-667-8477.

More details will be posted as they become available.

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