SC SC - Ruth Jenkins, 76, seen walking on Hwy 45, has dementia, known to wander, Pineville, Berkeley Co, 16 Jul 2022


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The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing woman. Deputies are looking for information to lead to the whereabouts of Ruth Jenkins.

Jenkins was last seen on 7/16 at approximately 2PM. She was last seen walking in the 1800 block of Highway 45 in the Pineville area of Berkeley County. Jenkins does have dementia and is known to wander.

If anyone knows of the whereabouts of Jenkins, you are encouraged to contact the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.



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Feb 6, 2019
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BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) – Volunteers and family members of a woman missing since July 16 met Monday evening to conduct a water search.

Ruth Jenkins (76) was last seen walking along Highway 45 near St. Stephen.

Though it was not uncommon for Jenkins to walk along that route, family members said that she has dementia and needs medication.

Over the past nine days, volunteers have been covering different areas searching for Jenkins.

Her daughter, Sheleane Jenkins, said that the groups were focusing on areas that she knows well.

On Monday, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, South Carolina Black Activist Coalition, and family members met at the Russellville Boat Landing to search Lake Moultrie.

They plan to continue the search until Jenkins is found.

Anyone with information is asked to contact BCSO at (843) 719-4412.


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Jul 7, 2018
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Sheleane Jenkins, Ruth's daughter, describes her as a sweet, kind and gentle-hearted woman.

"She is really a church-going lady. She was involved in so many churches, including the Baptist Church, Jehovah's Church, Lighthouse Holiness Church; she was very involved," Jenkins said.

An avid volunteer and substitute teacher, Ruth Jenkins is an active member of the community. So, when she disappeared on July 16, the people of Pineville got involved.

"She is one of us, she is a teacher in schools that we went to, and schools that our children came up in. She was a substitute teacher, she was an active member of her church, she was a beautiful member of her community," says Sharia Washington, who is leading the search for Jenkins.

"She was trying to fight it as much as she can. She was trying to remember a lot of important information," her daughter says.

"It is getting a little bit discouraging that it has been so many days, but I am definitely not giving up hope, and we are going to keep pushing forward," Jenkins says.

"If you see a lady who walks with both her hands behind her back, it is possible that's my mama," says Jenkins


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Kimberly and Robert say they feel the sheriff’s office is doing the best they can to find her, but welcome any help from the community. They say no effort is too small.

“She is not just a hashtag,” Kimberly said. “She is not just another statistic to us. She is family, she is the matriarch of this family, she is the center of this family.”
‘It’s been heart-wrenching’: Family of missing 76-year-old woman still holding out hope

my heart hurts for her loved ones. I can't imagine the pain of not knowing. If my mom were missing I would lose my ever loving mind. That's my best friend right there.