Air Force seeks public help in locating missing Airman last seen on Shaw AFB

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. (WCBD) — U.S. Air Force officials are seeking the public’s help in locating Airman First Class Taylor Phinney, who was last seen on Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.,  June 18.

Phinney did not report to work on June 21.  His 1997 red Kia Sephia was found at a Holiday Inn in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, June 23.  He is believed to have checked out of the Holiday Inn at approximately 6:30 a.m., June 21.

Phinney is 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighs 167 lbs. He has brown eyes, brown hair, and is a Caucasian in his early twenties.

While 20th Fighter Wing and U.S. Air Force officials are diligently searching for details surrounding Taylor’s disappearance, wing leaders expressed concern about A1C Phinney.  “First, we just want to make sure he’s safe,” said Col. Stephen Jost, 20th Fighter Wing commander.

The 20th Communications Squadron is “deeply concerned” about the missing Airman, said Lt. Col. Joshua Close, Phinney’s squadron commander.

“Taylor’s safety and his return to Shaw AFB are our top priorities, right now,” Close said.

“We’re asking anyone who knows anything about his whereabouts to please let us know,” he said.  “Everyone was surprised by his failure to show up for work, and, honestly, we’re doing everything we can to make sure he’s ok.”

If anyone has information to assist in locating A1C Taylor Phinney, please contact our 20th Security Forces Squadron at 803-895-3669 and 803-895-3600.

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