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$5k reward offered for missing Honea Path man; search continues

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Deputies released this photo of Billy Joe and said he now has a full beard and long hair.  (Source: Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputies released this photo of Billy Joe and said he now has a full beard and long hair. (Source: Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office)
Family released a new picture of Garrett on Sunday. (Source: Family) Family released a new picture of Garrett on Sunday. (Source: Family)
HONEA PATH, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A $5,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the location of an elderly Honea Path man that went missing on Wednesday evening, the Laurens County Sheriff's Office announced on Sunday.

Billy Joe Garrett, who is possibly suffering from dementia, was last seen at his home at 13136 Highway 25 in Honea Path.

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.

The Laurens County Sheriff's Office said a reward of up to $5,000 is now being offered for information leading to the location of Garrett.

The temperatures have dropped into the teens several nights since Garrett went missing, with temperatures as low as 9 degrees in Laurens early Thursday morning.

"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 we 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 Anderson County Sheriff's Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and members of the volunteer Mounted Search and Rescue assisted in the search on Jan. 31.

CERT and the mounted rescue workers covered 12 miles of wooded land in their 7 hours of searching.

If anyone has seen Garrett or someone matching the description is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 864-68-CRIME or the sheriff's office at 864-684-4967.

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