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Missing man probe stretches out of state

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NASHVILLE — The investigation into a Wilson man’s disappearance more than a decade ago has led Nash County detectives out of state.

Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve 2003. He was last seen alive with his girlfriend, Carlisha Whitley, at a nightclub near Bailey.

Whitely told this newspaper recently that she doesn’t know what happened to Travis.

She told detectives back then that he left her home near Middlesex in the middle of the night. Detectives and Travis’ family don’t believe her.

Detectives are now focusing on out-of-state possibilities.

“We are dealing with out-of-state agencies. It’s complicated,” according to a source close to the investigation who asked not to be identified because the person isn’t authorized to speak publicly about the case.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone wouldn’t comment on the details of the probe, but he confirmed that interesting developments have popped up.

“Wherever we have to go, whatever we have to do to get it done, that’s what were going to do,” Stone said. “This case — Travis Lynch — is a priority for us. We are not going to stop. We will continue to work this case as hard as we can. We will go to the ends of the earth to solve this case.”

Authorities previously confirmed that Whitely is a suspect. She says she passed a polygraph test a few years ago.

Whitley’s uncle, Sean Fontae Whitley, has been named as a strong person of interest. He lived in a mobile home next to the nightclub in Bailey at the time of Travis’ disappearance. The mobile home burned down in suspicious fires four months after Travis disappeared.

Sean Whitley is serving a term at the federal prison in Butner for drug trafficking convictions.  

Anyone with information about Travis’ disappearance is asked to call Nash County 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.