Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Rilya Alert Angelica Livingston
DOB: Jul 2, 1998
Missing: Jun 10, 2006
Age Now: 10
Height: 4'3" (130 cm)
Weight: 50 lbs (23 kg)
DOB: Jun 20, 1952
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 162 lbs (73 kg)
Kenneth Andrew Lynch
54-year-old Portia Washington has been missing along with her seven-year-old granddaughter, Angelica Livingston. Kenneth Andrew Lynch, Washington's 46-year-old boyfriend, has been unaccounted for much of that time.
Two days ago he did show up near El Paso, Texas, driving Washington's car, alone.
West Columbia Police Chief Dennis Tyndall says, "Well, obviously we're handling it as a missing persons case. But also on the other hand we're handling it in case there's some foul play involved. There's enough smoke there to make us believe that foul play could be involved. We haven't got to that point yet to say it is."
Lynch was stopped for speeding. Tyndall says Lynch told the trooper he was delivering the car to its owner in Arizona. That was clearly not true.
All three live at Park Place apartments in West Columbia. Police say the lease is paid up and the apartment is in good condition.
Washington and Lynch both work at Bob Bennett Ford. Neither one called to explain why they weren't coming in to work.
Washington's mom told police she usually talks with her daughter several times a day, but hasn't heard from her since .
Washington's phone has been turned off. Chief Tyndall sees that as a bad sign, "It's very unusual for her not to tell her employer if she's not there and unusual for her to turn her phone off. Her friends and neighbors say, her family say that she usually has that phone on at all times."
The trio lived in Cayce's Riverland Park neighborhood. Neighbor Anthony Allen says the couple did not always get along, "Quite often they had disputes. I remember one night about 3:00, 4:00 in the morning I heard the police over there, Cayce police. And she was actually sleeping in a car, in her car. And the little girl was too."
Police filed no charges. Chief Tyndall is not jumping to conclusions, "Sometimes some people just want to disappear for a while, domestic relations or whatever. So it could be anywhere from that to something worse. We don't know. That's what we're trying to find out."
Washington's car is a tan 2005 Ford Focus, South Carolina plate 682-SEH, last seen in west Texas, a long way from West Columbia.
West Columbia Police Department (South Carolina) 1-803-794-0721