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BAILEY — Community policing has made a difference in the small southern Nash County town where a Wilson man went missing more than a decade ago, according to law enforcement officials.
Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, disappeared Christmas Eve 2003 after being seen in public with his girlfriend’s family at a notorious nightclub on the outskirts of Bailey.
The nightclub — known at different times as Club Twilight, the Twilight Zone and Bananas Sports Bar — was the site of shootings, stabbings, drug sales, prostitution and human trafficking.
Located at 8076 Stoney Hill Church Road, the club closed down about five years ago.
Bailey Police Chief Steve Boraski said his officers have now developed close ties with town residents.
“All of us have gotten to know everyone in the community, it’s not just businesses,” Boraski said. “I feel that the people trust me since I have an open-door policy.”
Boraski has also developed a close relationship with Mayor Thomas Richards and the town board. Boraski makes a monthly report to the board where he keeps town officials abreast of everything happening in the community.
Boraski previously worked for a private police company and the State Capitol Police. Since Boraski became chief in February 2019, the town hasn’t seen any serious assaults or murders.
The nightclub remains part of Travis’ case mostly due to a nearby mobile home. The trailer belonged to the family of Travis’ girlfriend, Carlisha Whitley, at the time. It sat within a short walk of the nightclub 16 years ago, according to property records.
A set of suspicious fires destroyed the mobile home in April 2004 as detectives continued to ask the Whitley family about Travis.
The mobile home’s occupant at the time, Sean Fontae Whitley, is serving federal prison time on drug convictions. His arrest came about during investigations into drug activity at the nightclub, detectives said.
Carlisha, who lived in Middlesex when Travis vanished, and her uncle Sean Whitley have been named as suspects in Travis’ disappearance and likely death.
Anyone with information about Travis’ case is asked to call Maj. Miste Strickland of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office at 252-532-4574.
A reward of up to $20,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.