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WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Girlfriend denies involvement in missing person case

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This photo provided by law enforcement shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix similar to the one Travis Lynch owned when he disappeared in 2003. The car is missing as well. Authorities don't believe he tried to drive it home. A reward for useful information is being offered in the case.
This photo provided by law enforcement shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix similar to the one Travis Lynch owned when he disappeared in 2003. The car is missing as well. Authorities don't believe he tried to drive it home. A reward for useful information is being offered in the case.
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MIDDLESEX — The girlfriend of a Wilson man missing for 16 years said she isn’t involved in his disappearance.

Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Day 2003. His girlfriend Carlisha Whitley told authorities that Travis left her house at around 1 a.m. in his car. Detectives with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office have said the only evidence of that is Whitley’s statement.

Whitley called The Enterprise on May 11 in response to a business card being left on the door of her Middlesex home.

Whitley said she had nothing to do with Travis’ disappearance and didn’t want to talk about it.

“I passed a polygraph,” Whitley said. “I proved six or seven years ago that I didn’t have anything to do with it.” 

Whitley declined to offer her theory as to what happened to Travis.

“Why are you putting my name out there in the paper? It’s all lies,” Whitley said. “I talked to a lawyer about it.”

Whitely declined to an answer additional questions or agree to a sitdown interview to provide her side of the story.

While Whitley doesn’t want to talk about the case, it’s often the topic of conversation in the Middlesex community.

“It’s pretty clear what happened to him. He didn’t try to drive home. If he did, where’s his car?” asked Rob Grady, a Middlesex resident pumping gas Friday at the Pit Stop on West Finch Avenue. 

The missing car is one of the biggest clues foul play is involved, according to detecitves who have spent years scouring the area looking for Travis’ white 1992 Pontiac Grand Am.

Several residents shared Grady’s opinion but didn’t want to be identified. A handful of folks cited privacy, but for the most part, residents said they were too afraid to talk publicly about the case that’s haunted the small town for nearly two decades.

Anyone with information about Travis’ disappearance is asked to call sheriff’s Maj. Miste 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. 

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