SUMTER, SC (Oct. 22, 2019) – Face Book Post: Sumter Police Department announced today the recovery of the remains of 5-year-old Nevaeh Adams.


         (photo via Sumter Police Department FaceBook Page)

Chief Russell Roark said, “I would like to thank the state, local and private agencies and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for supporting us through this tragedy. I also would like thank Gov. Henry McMaster and our elected officials for bringing Team South Carolina together with Sumter and providing the resources needed for this tremendous effort to find Nevaeh.”

Approximately 400 individuals from more than 40 agencies searched about 4 million pounds of material.

“This is not the outcome any of us would have wanted but we hope this can provide some closure to the family,” Roark said. “We will continue working with the 3rd Circuit Solicitor’s Office to bring this case to trial.”

Authorities relaunched search efforts at the Waste Management-Richland County landfill on Screaming Eagle Road on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

Landfill search experts with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children identified an area where remains and/or other evidence in the case would most likely be located.

Various state agencies, private partners, law enforcement, and first responders from across the state provided resources, specialized expertise and manpower to the recovery effort, which ended Monday, Oct. 21.

“The local community and the state as a whole have been profoundly impacted by this case,” said Roark. “It is our hope that the recovery of Nevaeh will provide a sense of peace to her family, the community, and the hundreds of men and women who participated in this effort.”


Approved by Chief Russell F. Roark, III

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