Carles was found walking through a field by a family searching for her on Saturday. Community members had gathered on Saturday morning to pass out flyers and to search for the missing girl.
After multiple law enforcement agencies from across South Carolina searched over 15 hours for a missing 12-year-old female on Greenplain Road in Clinton, she was considered a runaway.
At 10:58 p.m. on Thursday night, deputies received a call stating that 12-year-old Zoe Carles left the residence around 6:00 p.m. headed to a barn on the premises and had not returned.
K-9 units from the LCSO as well as the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) Aviation Unit, Clinton Dept. of Public Safety, Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, SC. Dept. of Natural Resources and the FBI searched the area around her residence trying to locate Carles. Nearly 100 law enforcement personnel and volunteers were in the vicinity of the Carles' residence conducting searches on foot, ATV and horseback.
LCSO Chief Deputy Jarvis Reeder said that a passerby spotted Carles walking down Greenplain Rd. in the early evening hours on Thursday. They said she was wearing a backpack.
Reeder said around 2:30pm on Friday that Carles was being treated as a runaway and that the command post at the Carles' residence was being taken down. "Right now we are setting up checkpoints and passing out flyers," said Reeder. "We are just trying to make people aware that she is missing."
Reeder said that during their investigation, it was determined that she ran away based on the fact that she took a backpack with clothes and food.