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Person of interest arrested in Ga. in month-long disappearance of Deidre Reid from Pageland, S.C.

Emanuel Bedford was listed as a person of interest in the disappearance of 41-year-old Deidre Annette Reid who was reported missing from Pageland, South Carolina in early September.
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 10:49 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 10:59 AM EDT
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PAGELAND, S.C. (WBTV) - The person of interest has been arrested in Georgia in the disappearance of 41-year-old Deidre Annette Reid, a missing woman in South Carolina.

Officials say arrest warrants were obtained for Emanuel Bedford by Pageland Police Department on Oct. 8 for grand larceny and obstructing justice.

Bedford was listed as a person of interest in the disappearance of 41-year-old Deidre Annette Reid who was reported missing from Pageland, South Carolina in early September.

”This has affected all of us in ways you can’t imagine,” says James Reid, Deidre’s brother.

It is a day the Reid’s have been waiting for—hearing Emanuel Bedford is in custody.

”It put our mind not at ease that Deidre is nowhere to be found but Mr. Bedford is in custody,” he says.

They have more hope now that Bedford will lead investigators to Deidre. Right now—they say he is not giving them anything.

”I just hope Emmanuel tell us where she at whether it’s good or bad,” says Jennifer Reid, Deidre’s sister. “We just want to know where she at.”

”I hate that he did that to my sister. Got her missing. Everybody makes mistakes, but he’s got to face the music,” says J. Reid.

Bedford was taken into custody by Burke County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia on Monday, Oct. 11. Officials say Bedford will be extradited to Pageland, S.C. in reference to these charges.

Reid was last seen off East Turner Street in Pageland on Sept. 3. Reid is a 41-year-old Black woman last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a light pink and white shirt, white Air Force One shoes, and she had her hair in a ponytail.

Her family last heard from her Sept. 3 and she was headed to the Greyhound station in Charlotte, N.C.

Reid was driving a gray, 2004 Chevy Tahoe with the South Carolina license plate number FXU718. The car had a New York Giants tag on the front.

Family members say Reid was taking Bedford to the bus station. They also say he never got on a bus. Reid’s brother James Reid said he reviewed the surveillance video at the bus station. He says he saw Bedford walk into the bus station and show his phone to a staff member before getting what appears to be a refund for his ticket.

Bedford is a person of interest in connection with her disappearance. James Reid says her kids are hurting the worst right now, especially the youngest, Reid’s 7-year-old she has with Bedford.

”He dreams about his dad standing over her. He’s just petrified right now. He just doesn’t understand why someone who says they love him would take his mother away from him,” says J. Reid.

They all want closure, but as eyes tear and voices tremble, James Reid says they need it especially for his nephew.

”You don’t have to do it for me. You don’t have to do it for my siblings. Do it for your son. Give your son closure,” says J. Reid.

Reid’s siblings say Bedford is the father of Deidre’s youngest child.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation with multiple agencies. No other information will be released at this time.

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