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Missing man’s uncle thinks someone will step forward

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The uncle of a missing Wilson man said he believes someone will come forward with the key information needed to solve the case.

Travis Lynch disappeared 16 years ago. He spent time with his girlfriend Carlisha Whitley, who lived outside Middlesex at the time, and at a nightclub on Stoney Hill Church Road near Bailey on Christmas Eve 2003. Then he vanished.

A mobile home within walking distance of the nightclub and owned by the Whitley family burned down under suspicious circumstances four months after Travis went missing.

Travis’ uncle Joe Lynch is a retired state trooper who ran for sheriff of Franklin County in 2014.

He said he knows the chance of his nephew’s case being solved is now a long shot, but he hasn’t given up.

He has faith that the detectives working Travis’ case will catch their culprit, even if it takes a deal.

“The first person who steps up gets the deal. One individual couldn’t do this alone. It can’t just be just one person,” Joe Lynch said.

Travis’s body and his car — a white 1992 Pontiac Grand Am — “had to be disposed of, which common sense says took more than one person,” Joe Lynch said, adding that the crime and especially the coverup indicates a certain level of criminal sophistication.

However, regardless of how careful Travis’ killer or killers have been, evidence is out there, Joe Lynch said.

“And people talk,” Joe Lynch said, adding that he feels law enforcement will work with the first person who comes forward.

Joe Lynch said anyone who knows something — anything — about the case should have the character to come forward.

“What if this happened to your family?” Joe Lynch asked.

Anyone with information can call Nash County sheriff’s Maj. Miste Strickland at 252-532-4574. There’s a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.

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