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Search continues for missing elderly man in Laurens Co.

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Billy Joe Garrett (Source: Facebook and family) Billy Joe Garrett (Source: Facebook and family)
Billy Joe Garrett (Source: Family) Billy Joe Garrett (Source: Family)
Search crews continue looking for Mr. Garrett. (Jan. 30, 2014/FOX Carolina) Search crews continue looking for Mr. Garrett. (Jan. 30, 2014/FOX Carolina)
Deputies released another photo of Billy on Thursday. (Source: Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputies released another photo of Billy on Thursday. (Source: Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office)
HONEA PATH, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A search is underway for a missing 81-year-old man in the Honea Path area of Laurens County on Wednesday night.

Judy Stiles of the Laurens County Sheriff's Office said Billy Joe Garrett was last seen leaving his house off Highway 25 on foot at 6:11 p.m. Wednesday and has not been seen since.

Garrett sufferers from dementia, Stiles said.

Garrett was last seen wearing a blue flannel shirt and a Carhartt jacket. He is 5'10", 180 pounds, with long gray hair and a long gray beard.

"When it's this cold it's imperative we get out here and look as fast as we can and check any avenue, signs of a track of him going anywhere," said Chris Martin, who helped with the search. "The one thing do have in our advantage is that there is fresh snow on the ground and any foot tracks, we can see that."

SLED and DNR were assisting in the search along with helicopters and dog teams. The search was called off about midnight and crews are scheduled to keep looking again at 9 a.m. Thursday.

The temperatures dropped into the teens and overnight and were even reported as low as 9 degrees in Laurens early Thursday morning.

If anyone sees Garrett, they should call the sheriff's office 864-984-4967 or 911.

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