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Remains IDed as Taylor Johnson who's been missing since 2016

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. – Remains found by hunters Feb. 15 deep in woods on Martin Smith Road in Leesville have been identified.

The remains are those of Taylor Devin Johnson, according to Lexington County Coroner Margaret Fisher. She said Johnson’s cause and manner of death are undetermined.

“Taylor was 22 when he was last seen by his father walking along Pond Branch Road the evening of May 31, 2016,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “He was reported to us as a missing person three days later.”

Investigators found a wallet containing Johnson’s South Carolina identification card near his remains, according to Koon.

“We’ve had multiple investigators on this case and conducted several searches to follow up on tips we’ve received through the years,” Koon said. “I’m glad we’ve determined Taylor’s final location as his family has spent the past four years wondering where he was.”

At one point, Taylor's family had even retained a private invesigator to look into the case. Video from businesses showed Taylor as he walked along Pond Branch Road to visit his child and her mother. Suddenly, he just disappeared.

The case of Johnson’s death remains open, according to Koon. He said detectives will continue to search the area where Johnson’s remains were found.

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