Dive teams search small pond area off HWY 17 Bypass and Azalea Lakes for missing man

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Community members in the Azalea Lakes neighborhood off of Highway 17 Bypass will continue to see officers in the area during an ongoing search for a missing man.

Horry County police are searching for a 26-year-old man last seen on Monday. The search team is going to double check areas it checked yesterday and follow up on any new leads, the department said Thursday. Dive teams are searching a nearby pond.

Corey William Morrison was last seen at about 1 a.m. on Monday near Murphy’s Law on Highway 17 Bypass, police said. He is 5’9″ and 120 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes.

One family member traveled from Hendersonville, N.C. to help with the search. Alex Stead told News13, that Corey is his cousin, but they are more like brothers.

“I’m just going to be here beating down every bush, every tree I can find, every path way,” Stead said.

Stead along with community members were passing out flyers to people driving through the Azalea Lakes neighborhood Wednesday.

“You know I just couldn’t imagine them out here searching without all the help,” said Meagan Tahiri, a family friend helping with the search.

South Carolina Highway Patrol responded to a crash at 3:06 a.m. Monday in the Azalea Lakes area, according to troopers. The vehicle involved in the crash was registered to a Corey William Morrison.

The vehicle was driving north on Highway 17 Bypass, trying to turn left onto Azalea Lakes Boulevard but was going too fast for conditions and ran into a ditch, troopers. said. Troopers can’t confirm who was driving the car because the driver was not found.

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Police started the search in the Azalea Lakes neighborhood Tuesday evening. Moskov added searching any area a person has connection with is standard procedure for missing persons cases.

SLED joined the search with a helicopter on Wednesday. The Center for Missing Persons might be joining to assist in the ground search. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is assisting, too.

Thursday, Horry County officers were searching the Socastee area as they checked areas where Morrison might have been spotted.

Anyone with information is asked to call 843-248-1520.

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