A mother that was reported missing on Jan. 15 has had contact with the Sumter Police Department.
Shardae Davis, 27, told a detective that she’s OK, but doesn’t want to come forward because of an outstanding shoplifting warrant in Horry County, said Sumter Public Information Officer Tonyia M. McGirt, who added that police still consider Davis missing until they’re able to meet with her in person.
Davis was first reported missing Jan. 15, when Sumter police responded to a neighbor’s call about a disturbance at 611 W. Liberty St., where she lives with her children – a 2-year-old and 5-week-old, according to McGirt. The police said the toddler and infant were found alone, but unharmed, and began a search for Davis and a man she has a history of involvement with – Herbert Linwood Butler.
Officers haven’t found Butler, 33, who’s wanted for questioning in Davis’ disappearance. Butler’s known by police to have a tumultuous history with Davis and is wanted on a warrant for domestic violence from a previous incident.
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McGirt said further efforts to reach Davis have been unsuccessful, but Davis is aware that her two small children are being cared for by family members.
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Davis and Butler is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.
Rachael Myers Lowe contributed to this report