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Orangeburg County family pleads for answers years after loved one disappears

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Family tells WACH FOX News 37-year-old Hiram Johnson was at his home on Lockett Street in Branchville the day he hopped in a car with a family friend and was never seen again. Almost three years later, there are very few leads, and many questions./Photo courtesy: Theyshia Williams

ORANGEBURG COUNTY, S.C. (WACH) -- An Orangeburg County family is desperate for answers after they say Hiram Johnson simply vanished November 23rd, 2018.

Johnson's family tells WACH FOX News the 37-year-old was at his home on Lockett Street in Branchville the day he hopped in a car with a family friend and was never seen again. Almost three years later, there are very few leads, a lot of questions – and devastation.

Since he left home, things have been very chaotic. Since he left home, it’s just been emptiness,” said Lorraine Johnson, Hiram’s mother. “It’s like a rollercoaster. Some days you’re okay, and some days it’s different, you feel like you can’t cope, and you feel like you’re losing your mind,” said Lorraine. “Next weekend I’m getting married, and that’s devastating that my only son cannot be there for this joyous occasion for me.

It’s a void Lorraine says has taken a toll on the entire family as they also deal with the loss of another family member. 24-year-old Malik Glover was shot and killed at a Memorial Day party in May 2020. That case still hasn’t been solved either.

"It’s hurtful, but all we can do is live one day at a time. But me personally, I ain’t giving up. I still have hope that we’ll get some closure,” said Theyshia Williams, Hiram’s cousin.

Hiram’s cousin describes the missing man as a quiet person – with a heart of gold -- who owned a car wash business.

“He always had helped people, even when people you know, didn’t mean him any good, he was still that person to help,” said Williams.

Posters on the windshield of Hiram’s car – and the side of his house tell the family’s story as they look for answers. Now, they’re hoping a $5000 reward for information will help crack the case.

“I want the world to know that taking my son away from me is like, they took a part of me,” Lorraine added.

SLED is handling Hiram's case -- and says the investigation is still active. They’re asking anyone with tips to call SLED, or CRIMESTOPPERS at 1-888-CRIME-SC.