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OCSO Arrests Three on Charges Related to Recent Missing Person Investigation

Amanda Lea Bryant

Brook Lindsey Nix

Stephanie Nicole Stancil

(Walhalla, SC)--------------------------------------The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged three Oconee County women in relation to a recent missing person investigation.

Back on June 8th, Investigators from the Criminal Investigations Bureau arrested 26 year old Brook Lindsey Nix of Westminster on two counts of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor. According to arrest warrants, Nix was charged with providing alcohol and marijuana to two teenagers, a male and a female. Nix was released the next day, from the Oconee County Detention Center, on a combined $20,000 personal recognizance bond.

The male was reported missing to the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office on June 1st of this year, and was in the company of the female, who was listed in the National Crimes Information Center database as missing from another jurisdiction in South Carolina. Both teenagers were located safe by Investigators on June 8th and were turned over to proper authorities or family members.

Based on evidence obtained in the continuing investigation, Investigators arrested today 34 year old Amanda Lea Bryant of Westminster on one count each of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and for Hindering a Law Enforcement Officer. According to evidence obtained, Bryant hid the runaway female at her place of employment, knowing that the female was a runaway being sought by law enforcement and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. Bryant is also accused of providing the female runaway with cigarettes.

Also arrested today was 33 year old Stephanie Nicole Stancil of Walhalla on one count of Hindering a Law Enforcement Officer. According to the arrest warrant, Stancil hindered law enforcement from locating the two runaways by failing to provide their location while she had full knowledge of their whereabouts.

“We are going to hold people accountable when they interfere with or try to hide out missing person’s or runaways,” says Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw.

Bryant was booked into the Oconee County Detention Center around 1:20pm while Stancil was booked in around 1:58pm. Both remain in jail, at this time, pending a bond hearing.

Due to their ages, and since the teenagers are no longer listed in NCIC as missing, the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office will not release their names or any other information that could potentially identify them.

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