By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)————————————–The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has located the missing father and three children that officers were searching for today in the Salem area.
The father, 49 year old David Augustus Mize of Mize Drive of Seneca, was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center this afternoon around 1:36pm on three charges of Custodial Interference. The three children who were missing are 7 year old Acie Mize, 9 year old Macie Mize and 14 year old Josie Mize.
A family court order granted custody of the children to the Department of Social Services. Upon discovering this information, Mize took the children away from their temporary custodian.
Based upon information and evidence gathered as a result of the investigation into the disappearance of Mize and the three children, deputies responded to an address on Whitewater Falls Road in the Salem area around 12:45pm today. Officers located Mize and all three children at the scene in a trailer on the property.
Mize was taken into custody without incident and investigators found the children in good shape. Mize was transported to the Oconee County Detention Center while the children were in the process of being transferred into the custody of the Department of Social Services.
The Sheriff’s Office would like to also thank the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the regional office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for resources those agencies provided that assisted investigators in locating all the parties involved.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office is continuing its investigation.
As of 3pm, Mize remained in custody at the Detention Center on a combined $15,000 surety bond.