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Family mourns man’s 2003 disappearance

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Shown here in an undated photo when he was a child, Travis Lynch, 21 when he vanished in 2003, is pictured wearing a ball cap and standing with cousins during a happier time for the family.
Shown here in an undated photo when he was a child, Travis Lynch, 21 when he vanished in 2003, is pictured wearing a ball cap and standing with cousins during a happier time for the family.
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WILSON — Travis Lynch’s disappearance has left a hole in his loved ones’ hearts.

“He was adored by his mother, his aunt, his sister, his entire family,” said Travis’ uncle, Joe Lynch. “We called him ‘boss man’ since he was young because he was so important to everyone. He ran the place.”

Travis Lamont Lynch vanished 16 years ago. Last seen alive at his girlfriend’s home in Middlesex, the 21-year-old disappeared Christmas Eve 2003.

Gathered recently at the family home on Glendale Drive to talk about Travis, family members each shared fond memories of him.

Travis’ sister Rynika Lynch is 29. She was 13 when Travis disappeared.

When asked what she remembers most about her older brother, a tearful Rynika could manage only one word: “Everything.”

Travis’ aunt, Avalean Lynch, recalled how she once had an illness and family members had to call an ambulance.

“Travis found out and he ran home,” Avalean said. “He beat the ambulance.”

Avalean said she brought Travis to the dentist a couple of days before he disappeared.

“Someone knows what happened to Travis and they won’t say,” Avalean said. “His mom is a victim too.”

Travis’ mother, Jackie Lynch, said she’s never recovered from losing her son.

“The people who did this have killed a part of all of us,” Jackie said.

Anyone with knowledge about Travis’ whereabouts can call Nash County Sheriff’s Maj. Miste Strickland at 252-532-4574. There’s a $20,000 reward for information in the case.

This story is part of an ongoing series by Restoration NewsMedia examining Travis Lynch’s disappearance.

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