HELP FIND missing man Robert Jones, search Saturday in Newberry Co.

Robert Lester Jones
Robert Lester Jones

NEWBERRY CO., SC (WSPA) – A large ground search will be held Saturday Aug. 20 to help find Robert Lester Jones.

It will be in the area of I-26 and SC Highway 121.

He was last seen on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at around 7pm on Evans Street in Newberry as he was leaving Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Newberry Co. Sheriff Foster said that his car was located abandoned on a dead end gravel road near I-26.

The name of the road is Queens Church Road.

There were no signs of foul play or a struggle found at or around the car.

The car was located on July 26th by employees of a tree cutting service employed to clear power lines.

Foster said that investigators have used a helicopter from the State Law Enforcement Division to make extensive flights over the area and have made several ground search including the use of canines to attempt to locate Jones without success.


Saturday morning, August 20, beginning at 7am, a search and rescue team made up of members from the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office, Newberry County Fire Departments, Newberry County Rescue Squads, and the South Carolina State Guard will conduct and grid type search of the area. The idea is to cover as much area as possible while making sure the search is done in an organized manner so that no area is overlooked.

Residents and citizens travelling in the area between Highway 121 and Queens Church Road should expect a heavy presence of emergency service personnel on Saturday morning.

Sheriff Foster said that they did not know if Jones remained in that area or if he left with someone else at this point saying that at this juncture they are still treating this as a missing person case.

Jones is described as a white male. He is 5 foot 11 inches tall, weighs 200 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue and navy striped shirt, blue jeans, boots, and a multi-colored welder’s cap.

Anyone with any information about the location of Robert Lester Jones is asked to contact the Newberry County Sheriff’s Office at (803) 321-2211 or you can email the information to

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