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Missing man seen at notorious nightclub before vanishing

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BAILEY — A now shuttered nightclub with a long history of law enforcement troubles is the last place anyone outside his girlfriend’s family saw a Wilson man who’s been missing for 16 years.

Club Twilight, the Twilight Zone and Bananas Sports Bar are the most well-known names for the building at 8076 Stoney Hill Church Road. The location has been a thorn in local law enforcement’s side since the early 1980s.

“There were always calls to go out there,” said Nash County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Sherrod. “It’s been around a long time under different managers.”

Sherrod grew up in Bailey in the 1980s. The nightclub had a notorious reputation back then.

“Even when I was a teenager, something was always happening at that place,” Sherrod said.

Sheriff’s Maj. Miste Strickland said she’s investigated a multitude of crimes at the nightclub including shootings, stabbings, narcotics, prostitution and human trafficking.

The nightclub — under any name ­— went out of business about five years ago. Its doors and windows are boarded up now.

Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, disappeared on Christmas Eve 2003. That night he spent time at the Bailey nightclub, investigators confirmed.

A mobile home belonging to the family of Travis’ girlfriend, Carlisha Whitley, was within sight of the nightclub in 2003, according to property records.

As the investigation into Travis’ whereabouts heated up, a set of suspicious fires destroyed the mobile home. The Nash County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the incident as arson but made no clear determination as to the cause of the two April 2003 fires.

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.

Anyone with information about Travis’ fate is asked to call 252-532-4574. A $20,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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