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Vehicle of missing Lompoc man found after 2+ years

Posted at 9:05 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 22:26:36-04

UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol tells KSBY News there were no remains inside the vehicle when it was found by a citizen last week.

Inspectors will be taking a look at the vehicle to see if anything was mechanically wrong with it, causing it to crash.

CHP says it appears the vehicle has been in the area since around the time Zacharey Wilks went missing and it appears to be a solo vehicle crash.

Search and rescue crews will possibly be searching the area off State Route 33 east of Soda Lake Road this weekend.


ORIGINAL STORY: Lompoc Police have found the vehicle of a missing Lompoc man who went missing in May of 2017.

Although police have not confirmed the name of the person the vehicle belongs to, Zacharey "Taylor" Wilks, 28, reportedly left Lompoc May 24, 2017 and was headed for Las Vegas to visit his uncle, but never arrived.

According to a press release, the vehicle was found on Friday, October 25 off of Highway 166 in Kern County.

Police say the vehicle was involved in a traffic collision causing major damage and ended up in the dense brush off of the side of the roadway.

After nearly two and a half years, there have been tireless search efforts by not only authorities, but also friends and family to try and find Wilks.

No information has been released regarding the location of Wilks, only that this vehicle has been found.

Lompoc police say their investigation is ongoing and multiple agencies are assisting at this time.

Previous coverage:
‘No one just disappears.’ 1 year later, still no sign of missing Lompoc man