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Missing man’s body found in his SUV

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By Kayla Vaughn

A missing Lancaster man was found dead in his SUV Tuesday evening in a South Wylie Street parking lot.
Timothy Taylor Wash, 26, was reported missing by his family Sunday. His body was found about 7 p.m. near the intersection of Wylie and York streets in Lancaster, according to a release from the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office.
Wash was last seen leaving his Tully Court home on Saturday for work.

Though the sheriff’s office initiated the search for Wash and asked for the public’s help in finding him, the Lancaster Police Department is handling the investigation, because he was found in the city.
No details are being released about his death at this time, because it is an active investigation, Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant said.
Sheriff Barry Faile said his office will assist with the investigation in any way it can.
Wash’s aunt, Pam Taylor, said she and two others found his body Tuesday.
“We knew something was wrong. We could feel it in our guts,” she said. “We weren’t trying to outsmart the police or anything by going out there. It just made us feel better to do something to help.”
Taylor said a psychic friend of hers on the West Coast gave her three words as clues: mill, hill and fishing. She found her nephew’s body within an hour, she said. The location is at the edge of the city’s old mill village, and the bike rack at the Wylie Street Pool is in the shape of a large fish.
Taylor said there is a lot of mystery behind her nephew’s death, and she hopes to have some closure soon.
“We’ve got feelings and we’ve got hunches, but so far, that’s all we’ve got,” she said Thursday afternoon. “I’ve been going through so many emotions about this. I’m not angry anymore. I’m just confused and hurt.”
Wash leaves behind his girlfriend Brooke Baty and two children, Eli and Jade. Taylor said Wash was always present in his kids’ lives and was a loving father.
Taylor, a well-known Lancaster blues recording artist, said she is going to try to plan a benefit to raise money for his family.
“Timothy loved music…. We shared that love of music together,” she said. “He was super smart and into graphic design. He believed in reincarnation. He was such a big thinker for a small town.”
Taylor said she will always remember her nephew as a trickster, who often picked at her to show he cared.
“He had insight into things beyond his years,” Taylor said. “I know if he was here, he would tell us to go celebrate his life.”
For Wash’s full obituary, see page 4.

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