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Tulare County man struck by car goes missing at the scene

UPDATE January 22, 2019 – Tulare County sheriff’s detectives have confirmed that a body found in a canal near Farmersville is Timothy Shields. 

It was Timmy’s own sister that found him. She was walking along the canal near Farmersville with another woman and found his body.

“I looked on this side of the ditch, I didn’t see anything. So I went on the other side and just peeked around and there’s his orange shirt. There’s no way they had divers in there looking for him, it took me five minutes to find my baby brother,” said Taryn Murrieta, the sister.

Authorities labeled the case suspicious as they said there was no proof that a car hit Timmy, even though they found a car mirror. With that, maybe Taryn is right, the police did a limited search because they didn’t believe the story.

Original story – Timmy Shields, 30, has been missing since 10 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2019, after being struck by a car. Timmy, and a woman were walking along the canal on Avenue 288 and Road 156 in Tulare County, California. Their attention was drawn to a car speeding and driving erratic on the street, coming towards them. It hit Timmy and knocked the woman to the ground.

The woman, who has not been publicly identified, told the police she looked for Timmy, but was not able to find him. She called the police, who began searching for Timmy.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office brought in a helicopter, divers and a drone and searched the water and the surrounding area through the night and Sunday and never located Timmy. A car’s side mirror was found at the scene. No further information about the description of the car or who was driving was released by the police.

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Virginia Shields, the grandmother of Timmy told YourCentralValley.com that Timmy was walking to his dad’s house less than a 1/2 mile away when the event occurred. She said what she was told was, “The car hit him, and kind of pushed her.”

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the sheriff’s department at 559-782-9650 or 800-808-0488. You can send information anonymously through the sheriff’s TipNow program. Text or voicemail: 559-725-4194 or email: tcso@tipnow.com.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America and Missing Texas Forty.

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