Mark Barnes II (Image: Richland County Sheriff's Dept.)
Richland County, SC (WLTX) -- Richland County Deputies say a boy reported missing on Friday has been returned home and is safe. Deputies say 10-month-old Mark Barnes III was taken to a family friend's home and is in good health.
Deputies continue to search for the boy's father, Mark Barnes II. Investigators say the 26-year-old was last seen around 7:30 pm on Thursday.
Barnes' fiance says she received a text message from Barnes saying he and their son were on their way home. When the fiance arrived to their Hopkins home, dinner was on the stove but Barnes and the child were not in the home.
Deputies believe Barnes may be in a black 2000 Chevrolet 1500 pickup with SC tag U26773, with a black tool box in the bed and damage to the front passenger side bumper. If you know where he is, you're asked to call the Richland County Sheriff's Department.