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Vigil to be held in Aynor for missing Cownay teen

Horry police find burned car tied to Milanowski

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Posted: Friday, September 13, 2013 8:30 am

A vigil for a Conway teen missing for nearly three weeks will be held this weekend not far from where he disappeared.

The candlelight vigil for Zachary Milanowski will be held Sunday, Sept. 15 at the Aynor Park off Main Street. The vigil begins at 7 p.m., according to a flyer posted by the Horry County Sheriff's Office.

Milanowski was last seen in the Aynor area on Aug. 25.

Volunteers have been scouring the woods on horseback near where Milanowski was last seen with negative results

A burned vehicle a missing Conway teen was last seen driving has been found in Aynor, according to an Horry County police report.

Horry County Police is seeking the public's help in finding 19-year-old Zachary Malinowski, who was last seen Sunday in Aynor.

Lt. Robert Kegler, police spokesman, said in a statement released last week that police opened an investigation after family members reported that Malinowski was missing.

Kegler said Malinowski was last seen on Sunday, Aug. 25 in the area of 7th Avenue in Aynor, wearing a red shirt, black gym shorts and either black and white flip flops or a pair of Air Jordans.

The last contact with Malinowski was by phone at about 12:15 a.m. on Monday, August 26, Kegler said.

According to a Sept. 3 police report, Malinowski's family began searching the area of Valley Forge Road and Joyner Swamp Road where the teen was possibly last known to be.

The report said one of the family members found a burned vehicle 100 yards away in some woods that matched the description of the vehicle that Malinowski was driving.

The family called police and a detective responded. Upon arrive, police said the vehicle was completely burned and parked in a wooded area.

Due to the condition of the vehicle, police were unable to verify the make, model or VIN number.

The report did say it appeared to be the same shape of Malinowski's vehicle, which was an older model Chevy Baretta.

A dog team responded to assist with searching the area, but the search was called off after several hours due to darkness.

Malinowski is further described as standing about 6-1 and weighing about 150 pounds. 

He has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a red shirt, black gym shorts and either black and white flip flops or a pair of Air Jordans.

He should be operating a purple/burgundy 1996 Chevrolet Beretta with a South Carolina tag of IFB 802, Kegler said.

Detectives are asking anyone with information leading to the location of Malinowski to contact them at 915-5350 or 915-TIPS.

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