Beaufort deputies patrol Hunting Island State Park in response to social media threat

BEAUFORT — Beaufort County sheriff’s deputies are patrolling the beach at Hunting Island State Park in response to an unspecified threat of Memorial Day violence that surfaced on the social media, authorities said.

“Investigators are looking into it and have not been able to substantiate the threat,” a written statement from the sheriff’s office on May 31 read. “Deputies have been, and will continue to be, on Hunting Island Beach patrolling.”

Officials issued the statement after 1 p.m. but indicated there did not appear to be any threat to public safety.

Sheriff’s officials did not disclose the nature of the threat or what social media platform it circulated on. 

Authorities asked people to call 911 if they see something suspicious or have information on the threat. Callers with information can also reach out to Crime Stoppers of the Lowcountry at 843-554-1111 if they wish to remain anonymous and be eligible for a possible reward.

Hunting Island is South Carolina’s most popular state park, attracting more than a million visitors a year, as well as a vast array of land and marine wildlife. The park features five miles of beaches, thousands of acres of marsh and maritime forest, and a saltwater lagoon and ocean inlet.

Reach Glenn Smith at 843-937-5556. Follow him on Twitter @glennsmith5.

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