NEWS

West Columbia Police issues an alert for a missing person

Simon Manuel Gates

The West Columbia Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a missing individual. On Monday 28-year-old Simon Manuel Gates was reported missing from his Branham Street home in West
Columbia where he was last seen on Wednesday, March 23.

Simon was last seen wearing a t-shirt and athletic shorts getting into a black sedan. He is 4 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds, and has scars on the inside of both of his ankles. He is known to frequent the state and national parks
in South Carolina. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mr. Gates should call the West Columbia Police Department at (803) 794-0721 or submit an anonymous tip to CrimeStoppers of the Midlands at CrimeSC.com or through their P3 tips app.