Skeletal remains identified as man missing since 2021

Thomas Edward Hannah Jr., 59, was last seen Nov. 21, 2021.
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 59-year-old Thomas Edward Hannah, Jr., who...
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 59-year-old Thomas Edward Hannah, Jr., who has been missing since Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021.(Lancaster County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 19, 2022 at 1:16 PM EST
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HEATH SPRINGS, S.C. (WBTV) - Skeletal remains found near Lancaster, S.C. on Dec. 11 have been identified as those of a man who went missing a year ago.

Thomas Edward Hannah Jr., 59, was last seen Nov. 21, 2021. He had been seen the day before on railroad tracks near his home off Kershaw Camden Highway in Kershaw.

A K-9 unit, drone and several rescue agencies were used to try and find Hannah.

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Deputies were called to Beaver Creek Road in Heath Springs after finding skeletal remains, which were later identified as Hannah’s.

County Coroner Karla Deese said Hannah’s medical conditions may have left him disoriented before falling victim to the elements and low temperatures.

“While we all hope for a different outcome when a loved one is missing, there is such relief in being able to locate a family’s loved one and provide closure for them,” said Deese. “I am incredibly grateful for the forensic partnerships I have with all agencies involved. These partnerships are pivotal in resolving cases for the citizens of Lancaster County.”

Sheriff Barry Faile also expressed appreciation for all those who participated in the search for Mr. Hannah and the recovery of his remains.

“Events such as this produce a multifaceted response. Different agencies and organizations with different areas of expertise are called upon to make sure everything possible is done to locate a missing person,” he said. “We’re always disappointed when we don’t find the person alive and well. We grieve with Mr. Hannah’s family but are thankful he was found and the family now has some answers.”

Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or contact Midlands Crimestoppers in one of the following ways: Dial 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372), log onto midlandscrimestoppers.com and click on the “Submit a Tip” tab, or download the P3 Tips App for Apple or Android devices.