Police ask for public’s help finding missing non-verbal man

Horry County Police Department said a missing, non-verbal man has been found safe hours after he was reported missing Thursday.

Roy Hardee, 29, was last seen about 5 a.m. Thursday on the 500 block of Woodland Drive in the Murrells Inlet area, according to a release from the department. Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office found Hardee in Georgetown County, authorities said.

Hardee was escorted back to Horry County and reunited with his parents around 1:10 p.m. Thursday, police said.

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