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MIDDLESEX — Sixteen years ago on Christmas Day, a Wilson mother waited for her son to return from a visit to his girlfriend’s house.
The holiday meal was ready and the family had gathered at their Glendale Drive home. The 21-year-old’s clothes were laid out on his bed, but he never came home.
Travis Lamont Lynch vanished on Christmas Eve 2003. Except for whispered rumors around the small southern Nash County town of Middlesex where his girlfriend lives — and where he was last seen — Travis’ fate remains unknown except to a select few people who detectives believe were involved in his disappearance.
Travis is officially listed as a missing person, but there’s no doubt in the minds of his family and Nash County sheriff’s detectives working the case that he fell victim to foul play.
His girlfriend told authorities that Travis left late the evening of Dec. 24, 2003. She called his mother later that night to ask whether Travis he made it home, according to his still-grieving mom, Jackie Lynch.
“She had never called before that night and she’s never called since in all these years,” Lynch said in a recent interview.
Travis’ family went to the girlfriend’s home the day after Travis was reported missing.
“They wouldn’t let us look around in the house,” Travis’ mother said.
The girlfriend lived on Claude Lewis Road at the time. Authorities have searched the area multiple times over the years.
Jackie Lynch stays in close contact with Nash County sheriff’s Maj. Miste Strickland. She also calls investigators every Christmas to inquire about the case.
Restoration NewsMedia has launched its own investigation into what happened to Travis. New information about the case will be presented each week in an ongoing series of articles.
Anyone with knowledge about Travis’ whereabouts can call Maj. Miste Strickland at 252-532-4574.
There’s a $20,000 reward for information in the case.