Zacharey Tayler Wilks
Wilks, approximately 2017
Date reported missing : 05/24/2017
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 27 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Wilks was last seen on May 24, 2017. He left Lompoc, California visit his uncle in Las Vegas, Nevada, but never arrived there.
His car was found two and a half years later, in October 2019. ItÂ was located off Highway 166 in Kern County, California, near where his phone last pinged. The vehicle was lying upside-down in a culvert that fills with water during the rainy season. It was severely damAge at the time of disappearance: d and appeared to have been in a rollover crash. Some torn clothing was inside it, and a small amount of human remains.
In February 2020, DNA confirmed the human remains found at the crash site were Wilks's. He is presumed to have died in an accidental wreck.
Other information and links : ncy
Lompoc Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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