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3 charged in Anderson man's disappearance

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Chandrakant "CJ" Patel (Family Photo) Chandrakant "CJ" Patel (Family Photo)
Zachary Gantt (left) and Kyndra Howell (center) and Jeremiah Johnson. (Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Zachary Gantt (left) and Kyndra Howell (center) and Jeremiah Johnson. (Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Three people were arrested Monday in connection with the disappearance of an Anderson businessman last week.

Deputies said 52-year-old Chandrakant "CJ" Patel was last seen at 6 p.m. July 1 at his home on Lookover Drive. They said his car was found abandoned July 3 on Wooten Road in Fairplay.

On Monday, deputies said their investigation led them to a home on Jerry Drive in Homeland Park. They said surveillance video from the home prompted them to arrest 22-year-old Kyndra Howell, 29-year-old Jeremiah Johnson and 17-year-old Zachary Gantt in connection with Patel's disappearance.

Neighbors told FOX Carolina that Howell lived at the Jerry Drive home and was often seen with Johnson and Gantt on the front porch.

Chad McBride with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office said the video helped establish that the suspects held Patel against his will and create a timeline in Patel's disappearance.

All three people were charged with kidnapping. Howell and Gantt were being held in the county jail without bond. Johnson was also denied bond Tuesday morning.

Patel's family said they do no know any of the suspects. They said Patel was very friendly with customers, even loaning them money, and someone may have taken advantage of his kindness.

"Lets say its an emergency and you didn't have any money he would say pay me back," said Patel's son Meet Patel. "He is a helping out person."

Deputies said they are hopeful they will find Patel alive.

Anyone with information on Patel's whereabouts was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).

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