Mother of mental health patient who drowned in Horry sheriff’s van said release of photos ‘was agonizing’

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources released photos Thursday of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office van that was swept away by floodwaters last September, resulting in the deaths of two mental health patients.

Several photos show the submerged van and the ensuing recovery effort, while another photo shows the vehicle being towed away.

The incident happened on Sept. 18, 2018, when former sheriff’s office deputies Stephen Flood and Joshua Bishop were transporting Wendy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, NC, and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach, from a hospital in Horry County to medical facilities in Florence and Darlington.

Green’s mother, Linda Green, said seeing the photos breaks her heart.

“That was agonizing to see them on there and knowing that Nikki and Wendy are in there floating around," Linda Green said.

Flood and Bishop were arrested on Jan. 3. Flood is charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of involuntary manslaughter, while Bishop is charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. Both men posted bond at around 11 a.m. on Jan. 4, a clerk at the Marion County Courthouse confirmed.

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