Details of Disappearance Lynch was last seen on Christmas Eve, 2003. He had been drinking heavily at a friend's house, and he and his girlfriend went to her house on Claude Lewis Road in Middlesex, North Carolina so he could sober up. He was last seen leaving his girlfriend's home at 1:00 a.m., trying to get to his own home in Wilson, North Carolina.
Lynch was supposed to call his girlfriend when he arrived, but he never did. He has never been heard from again and his white 1992 Pontiac Grand Am with the North Carolina license plate number RZS 4814 has never been found. His mother reported him missing on December 26.
Four months after Lynch disappeared, a mobile home owned by the family of his girlfriend was destroyed in two fires. The residence, which was on Stoney Hill Church Road near Bailey, did not have electricity at the time. It initially caught fire on April 23, 2004, but didn't completely burn down. A few days later, there was another fire at the home, which destroyed it.
The home was occupied by Sean Fontae Whitley at the time of the fires. He is currently serving a term in federal prison for unrelated drug offenses, and is due to be released in 2021. Investigators believe the fires were suspicious, but stopped short of ruling them arson. They think the fires may have been related to Lynch's disappearance.
It's uncharacteristic of Lynch to leave without warning. He has a violent temper and investigators theorize he got into a physical altercation with someone that resulted in his death. He may have been involved with drugs at the time of his disappearance and drugs may be a factor in his case.
Authorities believe Lynch is deceased.
- Nash County Sheriff's Department
Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 5, 2020; details of disappearance updated.