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Missing man’s family urges regional probe

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The mother of a Wilson man missing for more than a decade said she’s disappointed local authorities aren’t more involved with the case.

“My son is a native of Wilson, he was a resident of Wilson,” said Jackie Lynch, mother of Travis Lynch, who has been missing since Christmas Eve 2003.

Travis was last known to be alive at his girlfriend’s home near Middlesex.

Since Travis was last seen in Nash County, the Nash County Sheriff’s Office has jurisdiction in the case.

Wilson County Sheriff Calvin Woodard said his office has no jurisdiction in Nash County investigations.

“We have no details or information from what occurred in Nash County back in 2003. If any agency needs assistance, we have always provided assistance to them,” Woodard said in an email interview late last week.

Jackie Lynch said she sought Woodard’s help about a year after he was elected. Woodard took office in 2010.

“Nash County nor the family has made any contact with this office,” Woodard said. “This is the first I ever heard of the information through The Wilson Daily Times.”

Travis was born in Wilson and raised in Strickland Crossroads, a small community on N.C. 97 in rural Nash County. He attended Southern Nash High School where he met his girlfriend. They had an on-again, off-again relationship over the years, according to Travis’ uncle, Joe Lynch.

“I would say they had a rocky relationship,” Joe Lynch said.

Travis moved to Wilson after high school and lived with his mother on Glendale Drive. He was expected home Christmas Day 2003 but never showed up. Family members went to his girlfriend’s home on Claude Lewis Road but were denied access, according to Joe Lynch, a retired state trooper.

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