LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) - A man reported missing in Lancaster County Sunday evening was found dead in his car Tuesday night, deputies said Wednesday.
Timothy Taylor Wash, 26, was reported missing by a family member after being last seen by his girlfriend heading to work. He left his home on Tully Court and was not seen or heard from since.
Wednesday, deputies said Wash’s body was found in his car in a parking lot near York Street and Wylie Street in Lancaster. The discovery was made around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The parking lot is for businesses and organizations within Perry Plaza. The complex houses United Way of Lancaster County, Lancaster Fatherhood Project, Carolina Community Actions, Lancaster County First Steps, and The Scrub Shop.
An employee who works at the complex told WBTV he noticed the silver Ford Escape parked in the lot on Monday because it crossed part of the lines, taking up two spots. He says it was sitting in the same spot all week but he never thought to look inside of it.
Other people who work at the complex told WBTV they didn’t notice the vehicle that deputies told the public to be on the lookout for until crime scene tape surrounded the parking lot.
Timothy’s girlfriend Brooke Baty and Timothy’s Aunt Pam Taylor told WBTV they went looking for him Tuesday night and found his car parked in the lot. They called 911 when they saw Timothy inside.
Timothy leaves behind two young children.
“He was just incredible, and he loved them so much. I know that. And I know he will follow them for the rest of their lives,” Baty said.
Baty says Timothy has struggled with drug addiction and recently relapsed after several years of being clean. She suspects his death may be drug-related, but she also questions whether anyone else was with him.
“At least he’s at peace, I want answers I really do, but at least I have this one answer,” Baty said.
Investigators haven’t said what may have led up to his death, but officers were seen talking with neighbors Wednesday morning.
Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant tells WBTV he is waiting for autopsy results before releasing anything further.
“Wherever he ends up next, I’m not worried about him. I know he’ll be just fine and I’ll see him again somewhere,” Baty said.
According to the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Lancaster County Police Department, and Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office are involved in the case.
“We extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Wash. We always hope for a positive outcome in missing person cases and are disappointed in the outcome of this matter. We will work with the Lancaster Police Department in this investigation and will share the information we learned as we searched for Mr. Wash," Sheriff Barry Faile said.
Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372).