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BAILEY — The pastor of a man missing for 16 years has been praying every day for resolution in the case.
Pastor Joseph Perry has prayed nearly 6,000 days straight for the family of Travis Lynch, a 21-year-old church member who vanished from his girlfriend’s home near Middlesex without a trace on Christmas Eve 2003.
Perry often prays for Travis’ family during sermons at Union View Church on Old Smithfield Road northeast of Bailey.
“We cannot change whatever happened,” Perry said. “But with God’s grace, we can find out what happened and bring peace of mind to this young man’s still grieving family.”
Perry led a vigil for Travis in 2016. Family and friends gathered at Union View to share memories, seek God’s guidance and attract attention to the years-old case.
In December, Perry met with members of Travis’ family and Nash County sheriff’s Maj. Miste Strickland at the Lynch family home on Glendale Drive in Wilson.
The meeting began with prayer. Perry thanked God for bringing law enforcement and the news media together in the common cause of finding out what happened to Travis.
“Lord, satisfy our minds and solve this case,” Perry prayed. “Give a mother peace of mind. A mother who has been through so much pain.”
During discussion, Perry said Travis was quiet.
“When he came to church, you wouldn’t know he was there if you didn’t speak to him,” Perry said.
The pastor said Travis was one of the most polite young men he had ever met.
“He wasn’t fast-going, he was laid back,” Perry said.
This story is part of an ongoing series by Restoration NewsMedia examining Travis’ disappearance. Anyone with knowledge about Travis can call Strickland directly at 252-532-4574. There’s a $20,000 reward for useful information in the case.