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Couple charged in Kate Waring case

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $200,000 for both of Kate Waring's acquaintances, who may have seen her last and were arrested and charged with obstruction of justice and forgery.

Ethan Mack, 29, and Heather Kamp, 30, who reside at 687 Riley Road, are both being held in the Charleston County Detention Center, police said in a release.

Mack and Kamp are dangerous, said Judge Linda Lombard, who added the pair's criminal record also contributed to her decision to set a high bond.

Kamp is a fugitive in four states with a second degree robbery conviction, Lombard said.

Mack had a couple of drug charges and one gun charge from 2007 that is still pending, she added.

Mack's lawyer said his Charleston roots would not make him a flight risk, but Lombard disagreed.

Janice Waring, Kate's mother, was at the bond hearing.

"We feel hopeful," Waring said after the hearing. "We dearly love her. It's been heartbreaking for our family not to know where she is and I'm just hoping that something will break pretty soon."

Waring, 28, vanished on June 12, after she went to a West Ashley gym, a CVS pharmacy and a Japanese steak house. Surveillance video captured her at the George Street pharmacy at around 8 p.m.

Four days after Waring went missing, Mack and Kamp told investigators at around 11:45 p.m. They had dropped off Waring at her Murray Boulevard home in Downtown Charleston.

On September 28, Kamp changed her story and told investigators the story was a lie, an affidavit shows.

The affidavit did not recount Kamp's new story about what happened the night Waring went missing.

On June 15, three days after Waring disappeared; warrants also allege the pair tried to deposit a fake $4,500 check at the South Carolina Federal Credit Union on Folly Road.

Through the investigation it was determined the signature on the check was forged and not that of Miss Waring, police said in a release.

In light of the new developments, Kate's parents released a statement Wednesday which said, ""We are very thankful for the hard work of the Charleston City Police Department and their effort to help bring Kate home.  

We miss our daughter dearly and hope she can be found as soon as possible.  We respectfully ask that all questions regarding the police investigation be directed to the proper authorities," the release said.

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