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Family searches for spotlight in missing man's case

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WILSON — The family of a man missing for more than a decade now searches for ways to bring his case back into the spotlight.

Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished without a trace from southern Nash County on Christmas Eve 2003.

Over the years, his family has placed posters in area convenience store windows and other locations.

The family held a vigil for Travis in 2016 led by Joseph Perry, pastor of Union View Church on Old Smithfield Road northeast of Bailey.

Recently remembering Travis, Perry said the young man was polite, laid back and quiet.

“When he came to church, you wouldn’t know he was there if you didn’t speak to him,” Perry said.

During the vigil, relatives and friends shared memories, sought God’s guidance and hoped to attract attention to the years-old case.

It might be time to do so again, said Travis’ mother, Jackie.

The family considered a march through Middlesex, as it’s the last place Travis is believed to have been before his disappearance and likely death. But plans for a march have been shelved for right now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A current buzz exists in the community, but Jackie said she tries to steer clear of gossip and rumors.

“You never know who knows who,” Jackie said. “They could be asking to find out what authorities know.”

Jackie said she knows she sounds paranoid, but losing her son has made her that way.

The Enterprise and Wilson Times have published articles about Travis’ case every week since the beginning of 2020.

Maj. Miste Strickland of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office has worked the case for a decade. She knew Travis years before as his school resource officer at Southern Nash Junior High in the late 1990s.

Strickland will appear live with the author of this report at 8 a.m. Thursday to discuss the investigation as part of “The Kay Files,” a new television program on WHIG-TV about local unsolved murders and missing person cases.

Anyone with information about Travis’ disappearance is asked to call Strickland at 252-532-4574. A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest in the case.