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Missing man, 26, found dead in city of Lancaster; investigation ongoing, police say

The body of a Lancaster man who had been reported missing has been found, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.

The body of Timothy Taylor Wash, 26, was discovered in his vehicle in a parking lot near the intersection of Wylie and York streets in the city of Lancaster at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sheriff Barry Faile said in a statement Wednesday morning.

“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,” Faile said. “We will work with the Lancaster Police Department in this investigation and will share the information we learned as we searched for Mr. Wash.”

Deputies in Lancaster County asked for the public’s help on Tuesday to find Wash.

Wash went to work Saturday and had not been seen since, Doug Barfield, spokesman for Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, said on Tuesday.

Wash’s girlfriend reported him missing on Sunday, Barfield said.

An investigation, involving Lancaster police and sheriff’s Office, SLED and Lancaster County Coroner’s Office is ongoing, Lancaster County Coroner Karla Deese said in a statement.

“The nature of this death remains under investigation as we work the case and seek to determine what happened,” Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant told The Herald.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 803-283-3388 or Midlands Crimestoppers at 888-274-6372 or

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.