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Missing man's description given; $20,000 reward offered for information

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Every week for four straight months, this newspaper has published articles about a Wilson man last seen in southern Nash County and now missing for 16 years.

Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, disappeared on Christmas Eve 2003. His body has never been found, but investigators suspect foul play.

A reader recently pointed out that none of the articles about Travis so far included his complete physical description. 

In 2003, the year of his disappearance, Travis stood 5 feet and 4 inches tall and weighed 180 pounds. A black man, Travis had black hair and brown eyes.

Travis had a birthmark on the left side of his face near his mouth. He had a tattoo of the letter T on his right forearm.

The night he vanished, Travis wore a light brown T-shirt and blue jeans.

He was driving a white 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix with North Carolina license plate number RZS-4814. The car disappeared along with Travis.

Travis’ girlfriend Carlisha Whitley and her uncle Sean Whitley have been suspects in Travis’ disappearance and probable death since day one, authorities have recently confirmed.

Other people are believed to have been involved, said Maj. Miste Strickland with the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

Detectives want the people involved in Travis’ disappearance to be worried about the ongoing investigation, said Sheriff’s Maj. David Brake, who  retired last week after a 30-year career in law enforcement.

District Attorney Robert Evans said late last month that a body isn’t needed for conviction in a murder trial.

Anyone with information about Travis’ fate can call Maj. Miste Strickland at 252-532-4574. There’s a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case.