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Witness speaking to detectives in missing person case

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NASHVILLE — Detectives have been speaking with a person they say could be a key witness in the disappearance of a Wilson man 16 years ago.

Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Day 2003. Detectives believe he fell victim to foul play that night.

A witness has recently come forward to provide important information to detectives at the Nash County Sheriff’s Office.

Travis’ uncle Joe Lynch, a retired state trooper, said he feels the first person to come forward in the suspects’ inner circle will get a deal from prosecutors and the rest will feel the full force of justice.

Deputies have confirmed that Travis’ girlfriend Carlisha Whitley and her uncle Sean Whitley are considered suspects in the case.

Citing the need to guard their investigation, detectives wouldn’t identify the witness or the nature of his or her relationship to Travis or the Whitley family.

Carlisha Whitley told detectives that Travis drove away from her home on Claude Lewis Road near Middlesex the night he disappeared. But detectives contend there’s no evidence as to the validity of her story. She told this newspaper earlier this month that she’s innocent in of any involvement in Travis’ disappearance.

Sean Whitley is serving time in federal prison on 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 in the case.