A teenager originally from the Man area before moving with his mother to Conway, S.C., near Myrtle Beach has been missing since August 25, 2013.
Zachary Malinowski, 19, son of Missy Marcus, lived in the Man area of Logan County until he was 10 years old. He went to school and 4-H camps with many of the area youth. He is the great-grandson of the late Leroy & Bea Mays, the grandson of Jumbo and Pat Marcus and the late Sandra (Soni) Mays Marcus, and the great nephew of the Rev. Earl and Debi Robinson of Accoville, whom he spent most of his time until he moved to S.C.
Malinowski had been living with his grandparents on Highway 905, according to a Horry County Police report.
Malinowski went to play basketball with two of his friends on Sunday, August 25,2013. Afterward, he dropped off one of his friends at a residence on Murray Johnson Road at Conway, S.C. The other friend said he and Zachary then went to a lady’s residence on 7th Avenue at Aynor, S.C., and stayed there until approximately 11:30 p.m., when Zachary left in his 1996 dark purple/burgundy Chevy Beretta to get something to eat. That was the last time anyone saw him.
A relative found his burned car in a wooded area outside of Conway, on September 2, 2013, but there was no sign of the teenager. The car was found about 100 yards off Valley Forge Road near Louisville Road in the Aynor area, police said in a report.
Search dogs were brought to the area where the car was found, but after a couple of hours the search was called off, police said.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has had helicopters in the air searching, and have asked the professional search and recovery group Community United Effort (CUE) to assist in the search. CUE has search teams from across the nation with dogs, horses, four-wheelers and campers converging in the Conway area to join the search. Since it’s formation in 1994, CUE has helped more than 9,000 families.
The searchers have to be fed and kept hydrated, as well as their dogs and horses. Supplies are also necessary for four-wheelers and generators. So far, local businesses have been donating some of supplies. Zack’s mother and stepfather have not been able to work since he went missing and the expenses for continuing the search are staggering.
To help keep the search going, the family is asking for financial assistance and prayers. Donations may be made payable to:
Earl l. Robinson c/o Zack Malinowski Search Fund, P.O. Box 27, Accoville, WV 25606. The Robinson’s may be reached at 304-583-9460.