20-year-old Aiken County woman still missing, boyfriend considered armed and dangerous


AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – The search continues for a missing Aiken County woman.

20-year-old Brittany Nichole Winburn has been missing for more than a month. She is believed to be with her estranged boyfriend, Julio Ocampos Vargas, who is considered to be armed and dangerous.

WJBF NewsChannel 6 is learning new details about Vargas’ criminal history.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office has put Vargas on its most wanted list for kidnapping, among other things.

Aiken County Investigators say the last time 20-year-old Brittany Nichole Winburn left her home, at 22 Crawford Ave., she was with her boyfriend, 29-year-old Julio Ocampos Vargas.

Staff Sgt. Stephen Shunn says Vargas has a long criminal history and was already wanted for kidnapping, a weapons charge, and assault and battery. Some of the reasons Shunn says he could be a threat.

“He does have a criminal history. Past criminal history that would bear some light on why he’s armed and dangerous,” Shunn told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

Winburn’s father, Eddie Winburn, says he fears Vargas could be putting his daughter in danger.

On Monday, Eddie Winburn couldn’t talk to WJBF NewsChannel 6 on camera, due to recent surgery.

WJBF NewsChannel 6 did speak with him on the phone and he says in the past Vargas has physically abused Brittany.

That’s why on August 24, 2016, he filed this incident report with the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, when he stopped hearing from her. The report states no one has been in contact with the 20-year-old since August 3, 2016.

“They are concerned for her safety right now,” Shunn said. “That is the main thing. They just want to locate her. Whether it’s with him or without him they just want to locate her.”

Staff Sgt. Shunn says the reason his investigators didn’t immediately release the information to the public was because they were following up on possible leads.

However now they are seeking the public’s help to locate Winburn and Vargas.

“We have no description of clothing or vehicle description or anything at this time. That’s one reason why if anyone sees anything, we would like to have them give us a call back at the agency. So we can follow-up with the leads.” Shunn said.

If you have any information please call the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office at 803-648-6811 or CRIMESTOPPERS of the Midlands at 888-CRIME-SC.Count on WJBF NewsChannel 6 to bring you the latest on this developing story. 

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