Garland man found safe after going missing for almost 4 days while hiking in South Carolina

The sheriff’s office in Oconee County, South Carolina, says a Garland man who went missing while hiking has been found safe. Richard Gonzalez was found before 11 a.m. August 6, 2020, and was being reunited with his family.

He was on a hike earlier this week in South Carolina. The 27-year-old hadn’t been seen for almost four days after becoming separated from the group while on a 76-mile hike from Oconee State Park to Table Rock State Park. Gonzalez was hiking with two other friends.

“They had gone for a swim somewhere in the area between Oconee and Table Rock,” said his friend David Weaver. “The two friends had gotten out of the water and he was kind of just gathering his stuff, they went on ahead, and they believe that maybe at that point when he was trying to catch up to them that maybe he went down the wrong area.”

Oconee County’s emergency management spokesperson said they believe Gonzalez went missing about 15 miles into his 76-mile hike. Friends were cautiously optimistic because Gonzalez had the essentials. He packed more than a week’s worth of food, and also had a tent, a blanket, extra clothes, a pocket knife and a flashlight.

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