Posted on Wed, Jun. 24, 2009
last updated: June 24, 2009 09:28:41 AM
Here's what's known about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford's time away from the office:
Sanford leaves the Governor’s Mansion in a black State Law Enforcement Division Suburban assigned to his security detail. A precise time is unavailable.
A mobile telephone tower in Atlanta near Hartsfield airport picks up a signal from Sanford’s phone. It is the last signal before his phones are turned off for days.
Law enforcement officials get no response to phone and text messages sent to Sanford.
The governor’s office reports to police that there is no reason for concern but provides no details.
State Sen. Jake Knotts, R-Lexington, calls SLED chief Reggie Lloyd about rumors that no one knows where Sanford is and no one can reach him. Lloyd confirms that Sanford’s whereabouts are known
Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer learns Sanford’s whereabouts are unknown.
Monday morning — Reporters hear rumors that Sanford’s location is a mystery.
2:30 p.m. Knotts issues a statement raising questions about Sanford’s absence, asking who is in charge of the executive branch of S.C. government.
2:40 p.m. The State newspaper posts an online article saying Sanford has been out of reach for four days.
2:50 p.m. The governor’s office issues a statement that Sanford “is taking some time away from the office this week to recharge after the stimulus battle. ... We are not going to discuss the specifics.”
3 p.m. The Associated Press reports that first lady Jenny Sanford says she does not know where her husband is, but he is taking time away from their four boys, “to write something.” She says she is not worried.
Midafternoon Sanford security officials are told by the governor’s office that he is OK. No details are provided.
3:40 p.m. The lieutenant governor’s office says Sanford’s office says it has spoken to Sanford and knows where he is.
About 5 p.m. Sawyer denies that Sanford staffers told Bauer’s office that someone had spoken with the governor.
5 p.m. As media inquiries escalate to include national news outlets, Sanford spokesman Joel Sawyer issues another statement. It says in part, “Before leaving last week, (Sanford) let staff know his whereabouts and that he'd be difficult to reach.” He declines to elaborate. Sawyer also doesn’t know whether Sanford is still in the country.
10:05 p.m. The governor’s office issues a statement saying Sanford is hiking on the Appalachian Trail. Staff members do not know where Sanford is on the trail and will not say whether he is hiking with anyone.
9:42 a.m. The governor’s office issues a statement saying staffers have spoken with Sanford and he will return to work today.
Gov. Sanford arrives in the early morning at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport for the drive back to Columbia.