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NC Wanted: Authorities continue search for missing Nash County man

Posted July 4, 2015 10:42 p.m. EDT
Updated July 4, 2015 11:16 p.m. EDT

— The family of a Wilson man who disappeared on Christmas Eve in 2003 continues to search for answers 11 years later.

Travis Lynch, 21, was last seen dropping a friend off at a Nash County home on Dec. 24, 2003.

Deputies and family members searched for weeks, but found nothing. According to investigators, Lynch's disappearance could be foul play.

"He never, never missed Christmas with his family. This was his first one, so we know something is wrong somewhere," said Avalean Lynch of her nephew.

After dropping of a friend at her home in Middlesex, Lynch was supposed to go straight to his home in Wilson.

"He never would have left on his own never," said Avalean Lynch said. "We are very concerned because this is not like him it all."

Investigators with the Nash County Sheriff's Office share the family's concern.

"Since he's been gone for so long, we're thinking maybe foul play may be involved, but [there's] no concrete evidence to say any foul play has happened," said Lt. Patrick Joyner of the Nash County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators interviewed his friends and family, and fliers were distributed.

"He has never done this before -- been missing any length of time. There is no past to think he's involved in anything," Joyner said.

Investigators said they will continue to put up posters and circulate pictures until someone can explain why Lynch did not come home.

Lynch is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 180 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. He has a birthmark of the left side of his face near his mouth.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the NC Wanted hotline at 1-866-439-3682.