UPDATE: According to the Hanahan Police Department, Constine was located and arrested on Sunday morning.
Officials say the arrest was a joint effort between HPD and the North Charleston Police Department.
Information on his arrest and charges will be updated as it becomes available.
UPDATE: Hanahan Police Chief Dennis Turner told News 2 that the missing 7-year-old girl was found in the Hampton Park area by officers with the Charleston Police Department and the FBI.
He said the father, Christopher Constine, remains at large with warrants out for his arrest.
Chief Turner said he does not know if the father is armed and dangerous but said the man could be suicidal and a danger to himself and others. He said members of the public should not approach him and contact 911.
“This is still early going. There is a possibility of additional warrants being obtained,” said Chief Turner. “We just started working it and pursuing leads. The number one thing we did was request assistance that have a lot more resources than us and it’s all been a big help.”
Agents with the State Law Enforcement Division and US Marshals are assisting in the investigation.
Chief Turner said they are content the child has been found safe. “Still relieved, but I know a lot of work has to be done. I have full confidence in all my investigators and all the assistance that we’re receiving,” he said.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – An investigation to locate a missing child out of the Hanahan area is in progress and police released new information on the search.
Lieutenant Cassie Brooks with the Hanahan Police Department told News 2 exclusively that authorities are looking at the situation as a “custodial kidnapping,” however they are awaiting confirmation from Berkeley County courts.
Authorities are searching for Lilian Constine (7) who police believe is with the suspect – her father – Christopher Constine.
HPD described Lilian to have brown hair with brown eyes and is about four feet tall. She is considered endangered. Police consider Christopher to be suicidal.
Police initially responded to a domestic assault in the Hanahan area Wednesday, and after the assault, the suspect fled the area and headed to North Charleston then Downtown Charleston where a chase began and ended near Hampton Park.
The investigation involves multiple agencies including Hanahan Police, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Charleston and North Charleston Police departments, Brooks said.
“We are currently looking, we put K-9s on the ground last night to try and locate the child as well, all over the place, we’re knocking on doors.”
Lilian’s location is unknown, and warrants are out for the suspect. Those warrants include first-degree domestic violence, unlawful conduct toward a child, and reckless driving.
Police do not believe Lilian is hurt.
The public is asked to contact 911 or the police department at (843) 747-5711 with any information on their whereabouts.
Editor’s Note: This is an active investigation. Count on 2 as we learn more.