Mystery solved: Sanford went hiking

“I apologize for taking so long to send this update, and was waiting to see if a more definitive idea of what part of the trail he was on before we did so,” said Joel Sawyer, the Republican governor’s spokesman. Sawyer added that he will update the public on Sanford’s specific whereabouts as soon as he knows them.

The office of Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer (R) released a statement maintaining that Sanford’s staff had originally told his office earlier yesterday that they knew where the governor was — a claim that turned out to be false. Bauer said that he called Sanford’s office requesting to speak to the governor and that the “request was denied because the governor’s chief of staff does not know where the governor is, and has not communicated with the governor since he left South Carolina last Thursday.”

Bauer added that he “cannot take lightly that his staff has not had communication with [Sanford] for more than four days.”