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WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Nash sheriff vows to never give up on missing man

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NASHVILLE — Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone vowed Friday that he will never stop seeking justice for a man missing for 16 years.

Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished under suspicious circumstances on Christmas Day 2003. The Wilson man was last seen at a nightclub near Bailey with his girlfriend and members of her family.

“We need to find Travis Lynch’s body so his grieving mom will finally be able to put flowers at his grave,” Stone said. “It’s such a sad situation. The mom doesn’t know where her son is, but someone does.”

Stone said his team of detectives continues to work the case with diligence. Stone said one of his detectives was following up a lead Friday.

Travis’ uncle Joe Lynch, a retired state trooper, said more has happened in Travis’ case since Stone became sheriff than all the other years that came before.

“As long as I’m the chief law enforcement officer in this county, we will never stop the search for Travis and for justice,” Stone said.

Investigators have access to increasingly precise technology that allows detectives to inch ever closer to the culprits, Stone said.

“We won’t give up until Travis has a proper burial and the people responsible are arrested,” Stone said.

Anyone with information in Travis’ case is asked to call Maj. Miste Strickland at 252-532-4574. Twin County Crime Stoppers can be reached at 252-977-1111.

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