Tyrone Donaldson has been missing since Thursday, causing friends and relatives to worry. (WRDW-TV / July 27, 2011)
News 12 First at Five / July 27, 2011
BLACKVILLE, S.C. -- Tyrone Donaldson has been missing from his Blackville home since last Thursday.
Almost a week later, no one has seen him and no one has heard from him, leaving both family members and friends worried.
Donaldson's wife died two years ago in a car crash leaving him a single father, now those kids just want their daddy home.
At the age of 4, Tymara Donaldson doesn't know much of what is going on but does know she misses her father.
"I want my daddy back home because everybody loves him," Tymara said.
Her daddy left on Thursday when he went to get money to bail a friend from the county jail. That was the last time any of his five children saw him.
Tyrone's sister, LaTonya Bracey, says it's been hard on everyone.
"We can't sleep. We can't eat," Bracey said. "We don't know where he is, and we don't know where to go searching or looking for him."
The missing person's case took a sharp turn when his car was found in Orangeburg the next day.
"Once we discovered the vehicle, and there was no Mr. Donaldson, that created greater alarm," said Blackville Police Chief John Holston. "They [Orangeburg Public Safety Officers] did tell us that there was some dirt that suggested that the vehicle may have been off road somewhere."
It's no comfort for anyone in this home nor this town.
"We feel that something has happened; we're not speculating at this point what, but we do feel that something has happened to Mr. Donaldson," Holston said.
Donaldson was considered a good man with no troubled past. For Holston, it's a case that's personal.
"I've known him practically all my life," Holston said. "I grew up in this area with him."
So now, they turn to you. They hope you can provide the next clue as to where their son, father and friend is.
The Blackville Police Department believes Donaldson may be out of their jurisdiction which is why they have called SLED. They are currently looking at bank and cell phone records.
Meanwhile, the man Donaldson was bailing out was called in for questioning.
The family of the missing Blackville man Tyrone Anthony Donaldson is offering a $3,000 reward to any person who has information that may lead to located Tyrone. You are still being asked to contact the Blackville Police Department at (803) 284-2333 or Chief John Holston at (803) 300-1035. You may also leave information by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org