A $2,500 reward is being offered to anyone with information that leads authorities to a teen who is missing from Aynor, said CUE Center for Missing Persons Director Monica Caison.
Zachary Malinowski was last seen Aug. 25 in Aynor and he was last spoken to by phone about 12:15 a.m. Aug. 26.
His car, a 1996 Chevrolet Beretta, was found “completely burned” along Valley Forge Road on Sept. 2, said Lt. Robert Kegler, with Horry County police.
“Detectives continue to investigate and follow any leads into his disappearance,” Kegler said, but on Monday he had no updates in the case.
Caison said she hopes the reward can change that.
“This child was too well known by kids he went to school with and the whole teenager-hood, if you will,” she said. “Somebody knows something.”
No questions will be asked by CUE, Caison said.
But, there’s a time limit. The reward, offered by the family in collaboration with CUE, will only be offered Sept. 25 to Oct. 15. Caison said rewards typically get the best information when first offered.
The 19-year-old played basketball with friends on Aug. 25 then went with one of the friends to a house on 7th Avenue in Aynor. Malinowski left the house alone about 11:30 p.m., telling his friend he was getting something to eat. He hasn’t been seen since.
“This family just wants to find their loved one,” Caison said.
The family and a couple of people who had been searching in Aynor and Conway for Malinowski attended the Aynor Hoe Down and passed out fliers with the teen’s information hoping for a lead, Caison said.
“Each day standing at the many roadsides’ being searched our hearts constantly sink,” said Malinowski’s stepfather Bryan Jordan in a news release. “No family should not have to endure this kind of pain.”
The searches, which initially centered in Aynor and the Valley Forge Road area, spanned 17-straight days and will continue, but likely will be conducted on weekends, Caison said.
“It’s just as important right now to continue to search for him as it is to get the information out,” Caison said. “We’re just trying to get someone to come forward.”
Malinowski will be featured in a national missing person tour called “On the Road to Remember.” The tour will visit towns across the country highlighting missing children and adults. During the tour, a volunteer crew will attend a balloon launch Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. at Aynor Park on Main Street.
Anyone with information about Malinowski’s location can call 915-5350 or 915-TIPS, or the CUE tip line at (910) 232-1687.
Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.