He was a gentle soul with a body of an 18-year-old but the mind of a child. Tim never met a stranger and loved horses. When he got a job tending the horses at Sleepy Fox Farm, Tim was overjoyed. He would live on the farm during the week and return home on the weekends. One Friday night he didn’t return. Thirty-two years later, the father still searches for his innocent boy.
Timothy James Guy lived in Snellville, Georgia with his family until the age of eighteen when he got a job at a farm in Forsyth County. It was twenty-five miles from home, but their boy would be safe among the good ol’ boys at the Sleepy Fox Farm. Tim called home nearly every night, and he would come back most weekends.
The first two months of his employment went well without any major hiccups, and then Tim came home for the holidays. He was home for December and part of January. After the holiday rush subsided Timothy went back to work on the farm, but three weeks later he would vanish.
The last person who reportedly seen Tim was the foreman named Phil Klinger. He told authorities that he saw Tim leaving with some guy named Jeff around 9:30 pm on February 6, 1987. He said he didn’t know Jeff’s last name, but he drove a 1972-1974 Chevy Impala. No one could find this phantom, Jeff, to question him about Tim’s disappearance and many believe he is nothing more than a cover story.
Although it wasn’t officially stated, the rumor mill claims there was a lot of marijuana on Sleepy Fox Farm. Now whether this means it was grown there, or that some of the workers were tangled up in the ordeal no one really knows. Unfortunately, this angle wasn’t investigated in-depth, and Tim’s poor father was left to conduct his own research. No parent should have to do this awful work, but he was determined to find answers. Some of them that came wasn’t easy to swallow.
One such informant told the grieving father that his son had been tossed into a wood chipper and thrown into the river. What kind of human says such things to a father? Horrible. Could it be true? Was this the hideous fate of such an innocent boy? Or, was this a story fed to the informant to keep the determined father from digging into the drug dealings in the area?
Most armchair sleuths agree that the mysterious Jeff never existed and turn a curious eye towards the foreman. But, if Klinger were guilty of murder wouldn’t the other ranch hands come forward? They might if they weren’t all related. Of course, everyone in this country is innocent until proven guilty, but Klinger was proven guilty of many things a short time after Tim disappeared.
In March 1992, three children were removed from the home of Phil Klinger for abuse. He and two other adult residents were arrested on drug charges and firearms charges.
Authorities seemed to take Klinger at his word and continued to search for the elusive Jeff. To make matters worse, Tim’s father, Warren, claims the authorities never searched the ranch in depth. Now the farm no longer exists. A large housing development stands in its place. If every homeowner on the property gave their permission to dig up their yards, it would still be almost impossible to find any remains.
Like most cold cases, theories abound about the disappearance of Timothy Guy, but here are a few facts that we know for certain. We know Tim called home on Wednesday before he disappeared. He didn’t call on Thursday and didn’t come home on Friday. Was he already missing? There goes another theory. They seem to jump in from every direction. We do know that when it was time to come home, Timothy usually got a ride from his parents or another family member. Phantom Jeff was not a family member.
At the time of this writing, Georgia has 233 cases of unidentified persons. After reading through case after case, I found one that might be a fit. It is ME/C Case # 88-1994. On October 18, 1988, a human scapula was found in Peachtree Creek. I’m told this is only about ten miles from the ranch. Namus says it could be a part of Unidentified # 87-0193. I am wondering if it isn’t Timothy Guy. I have submitted a tip to see if the investigators have tested the DNA against that which was provided for Tim. I will let you know what I find out.
There are a few other cases that might be a good fit for Timothy’s description, but the one below is startlingly accurate. It was sent to me by Tim’s father during our interview process.
GBI’s Case #U274450954 shows a strong resemblance to Timothy Guy. The remains were found on October 29, 1987, in Collins, GA. Could this forensic reconstruction be Tim?
After 32 years, Tim’s family is still searching for answers. If you have any information on this case, please contact the GBI Tipline at 1-800-597-TIPS.
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