UPDATE 5/22/21:

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The North Charleston Police Department (NCPD) confirms that a large law enforcement presence is concentrated around Rivers Avenue on Monday evening as the search for Michael Burham continues. NCPD did not say that there were any updates in the case.


NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Authorities are searching for a possible kidnapping suspect who they consider armed and dangerous.

Officials with the North Charleston Police Department said they have been assisting the FBI in a search for Michael Burham throughout the day.

Michael Burham | Images courtesy North Charleston Police Department

Police were initially dispatched to a business on Rivers Avenue where they met with two victims who said they live in Pennsylvania and were kidnapped from their homes and driven to North Charleston by the suspect.

Burham was last seen wearing a dark baseball cap, blue jeans, and a light t-shirt. Police believe he may no longer have facial hair and likely changed his hairstyle.

North Charleston PD said Burham has warrants out of New York for rape and is the suspect in a homicide investigation.

A spokesman for the FBI told News 2 they are assisting authorities out of New York in locating Burham. He said the warrants are out of Jamestown, NY.

“We urge the public to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity,” said Harve Jacobs, a spokesman for North Charleston PD.

Police say there is an increased law enforcement presence in the woods and area behind the Walmart at Rivers Ave to the Hanahan line.

If you see him, do not approach or attempt to contact him. Call 9-1-1 immediately.