Family of missing Gilbert man pleads for public's help as search continues

Family of missing Gilbert man pleads for public's help as search continues

GILBERT, SC (WIS) - The mother of a missing Midlands man says she is desperate to find out what happened to her son.

Deputies say Taylor Johnson, 22, was last seen on May 31st walking down Pond Branch Road in Gilbert, but what happened after that remains a mystery.

Taylor's mother, Missy Johnson, says she hopes that sharing her story will lead to answers, not only for her, but for Taylor's three children.

"I guess a mother's first reaction, because I haven't seen my son, is that he's passed away."

Nearly a month has gone by since Johnson disappeared, but Missy says she's still holding hope.

"Because I have a lot of faith. Even though I say like, I feel like something has happened to him, I still have that little glimmer."

On Thursday, the Lexington County Sheriff's Department said they were at a standstill in their latest search efforts. Now deputies say they are turning to the public for help in the hopes that an anonymous tip will move their investigation forward.

"We don't have a lot to go off at this point, the family has been helpful to us and they are sharing what information they have but some community tips will be very valuable to us," said Capt. Adam Myrick with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department.

"I need to know he is breathing and alive, or not," said Johnson's mother. "It's the not knowing, it's the not knowing. It's a mystery, we have looked everywhere. We don't know where else to even look. Taylor please come home, we need you here badly."

Deputies say if you have any information about Taylor's disappearance, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers in any of the following ways: Call 1-888-CRIME SC (888-274-6372), Text TIPSC plus your tip info to CRIMES (274637), visit and email a tip. Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.

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