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KCSO seeks help in locating missing child

Posted: December 10, 2015 5:20 p.m.
Updated: December 11, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Charles’ parents, Jeremy and Daniele Chandler.

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Late Monday evening, the Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) put out a missing child alert for 7-year-old Charles Hughes Chandler.

According to KCSO Capt. Steve Knafelc, Charles was last seen at Doby’s Mill Elementary School on Nov. 24.

“He is reportedly in the company of his parents, Jeremy Michael Chandler and Daniele Maiden Chandler,” Knafelc wrote in an email to journalists. “They are reportedly driving a green 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt with Vermont tag GGW 263.”

Knafelc said Charles’ grandfather, from Lugoff, has not seen nor heard from Charles or his parents for several weeks now.

“He feels as if the family is living out of the vehicle in an unknown location,” Knafelc said in the press release.

He said it turns out the Chandlers only recently began living with Charles’ grandfather. Thursday morning, Knafelc said the grandfather hadn’t seen his son in nine or 10 years. The small family moved into the grandfather’s RV only about a month ago.

“We know the mother requested school records from Vermont for Doby’s Mill Elementary on Nov. 16,” Knafelc said.

By Nov. 23, the grandfather filed a report accusing his son of stealing a cellphone from him.

“He kicked his son out of the RV,” Kanfelc said, but not the mother or Charles because the child was in school. “He’s not certain if the mother and child left voluntarily or not. He didn’t know if they were gone for good.”

The next day was the last time he saw his son, daughter-in-law and grandson.

Knafelc said his investigation shows Daniele Chandler took out a no-contact order against her husband which expired in July, presumably due to some type of domestic issue. Knafelc did not know whether any alleged abuse was perpetrated against Daniele Chandler or their son.

Knafelc said the case is a difficult one because, aside from the grandfather, the Chandlers have no family or friends in Kershaw County.

“And they had pay-by-the-minute phones which are either turned off or gone,” he said.

Knafelc wants to make sure the public knows there are no warrants out against either Danielle or Jeremy Chandler.

“We’re not accusing them of anything,” Knafelc said. “We just want to check on the welfare of the mom and child. But this is a tough situation to look into. They could be anywhere in the country; they’ve had the time to travel anywhere. Or they could still be here in the county.”

Anyone with information about Charles, Jeremy or Daniele Chandler should contact Knafelc at the KCSO by calling (803) 425-1512.

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