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Sheriff has only 2 unsolved death cases

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NASHVILLE — The Nash County Sheriff’s Office has only two unsolved death cases on the books.

Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished 16 years ago. Although authorities suspect foul play, Travis’ 2003 disappearance is still officially classified as a missing person case.

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone reopened Travis’ case about six years ago. Detectives are investigating it as a homicide.

“More has happened in this case since Keith Stone became sheriff than all the other years that came before,” Travis’ uncle Joe Lynch said in a recent interview.

Stone inherited Travis’ case from a previous administration, but the sheriff said he’s put so much effort into finding out what happened to Travis because his family deserves to know.

Stone said he doesn’t like unsolved cases. He said his detectives work a homicide case until every possible lead is exhausted.

Since Stone took office in 2014, his detectives have investigated 15 homicides. Of those deaths, there were two sets of murder-suicide cases. The rest were closed as murders with suspects now in custody. Only one death ­— besides Travis’ case ­— remains unsolved: The shooting death of Randy Colegrove.

Intruders killed Colegrove during a home invasion, said Sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Sherrod, a supervisor in the Criminal Investigations Division.

Deputies received a call at 9:30 p.m. Oct. 21, 2017, of a suspicious activity on the 3500 block of N.C. 58 near Viverette Road just outside Nashville. They found Colegrove with a gunshot wound. He was lying in a driveway secluded by dense woods, Chief Deputy Brandon Medina said at the time.

Colegrove, 53, died at the scene.

Anyone with information about Colegrove’s death is asked to call Lt. Jeff Sherrod at 252-557-5278.

Anyone with information in Travis’ case is asked to call Maj. Miste Strickland at 252-532-4574.

Twin County Crime Stoppers can be reached at 252-977-1111.