Zacharey Tayler Wilks

Wilks, circa 2017; Wilks's car

  • Missing Since 05/24/2017
  • Missing From Lompoc, California
  • Classification Lost/Injured Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 04/06/1990 (29)
  • Age 27 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'10, 180 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A light gray v-neck t-shirt and light-colored jeans.
  • Medical Conditions Wilks is HIV-positive and needs to take antiretroviral medicine on a daily basis to keep himself from developing AIDS.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Wilks has a tattoo of a rose on his right calf, and his right index finger is crooked. His nickname is Zack.

Details of Disappearance

Wilks was last seen on May 24, 2017. He left Lompoc, California visit his uncle in Las Vegas, Nevada, driving his 1994 Honda Civic with Acura rims and the California license plate number 7SGR202, but he never arrived at his destination and has never been heard from again. A photo of Wilks's vehicle is posted with this case summary.

Wilks's cellular phone last pinged on Highway 166, which is consistent with his planned route. His phone received a text at 12:13 a.m., but by 12:25 it was either turned off or the battery was dead. Since his disappearance he hasn't used his credit card or accessed his bank account.

His car was not recovered for two and a half years. In October 2019, it 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 damaged and appeared to have been in a rollover crash. Some torn clothing was inside it, but there was no sign of Wilks. Investigators believe his body may be in the vicinity, but searches have thus far turned up nothing.

At the time of his disappearance, Wilks lived with his brother and worked as a handyman in Lompoc. He had graduated fromĀ Allan Hancock College. His family stated his disappearance is completely out of character for him; he had always kept in touch with them. His case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Lompoc Police Department 805-736-2341

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 14, 2019; picture and medical conditions added, details of disappearance updated.