SIGHTINGS of Eric Thomas Lynch’s white Holden Commodore sedan on Eyre Peninsula in 2004 may hold the key to the solving the suspected murder of the Adelaide man.
Mr Lynch has not been seen since February 10, 2004 after he visited a property on Proper Bay Road at Port Lincoln.
He was reported missing by his Ethelton housemate six days later.
Enquiries across Eyre Peninsula and Adelaide since then have been unsuccessful and investigators are now reviewing the case and appealing for fresh information as part of Operation Persist.
“Mr Lynch’s immediate family, especially his two daughters want to know what happened to him,” Major Crime Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant David Sheridan said.
“At that time he was particularly close with his eldest daughter, Emily, and he would speak to her on the phone every couple of days.
“The last time Emily spoke with her dad was on Tuesday, February 10, 2004 when he dropped her off at school.”
Dtv Snr Sgt Sheridan said police suspect Mr Lynch was involved in the drug scene in Port Lincoln supplying cannabis and that this may be linked to his murder.
“People may have been too scared to come forward in the past but their circumstances may have changed and now may be the time to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.
He said police had a lot of details about Mr Lynch’s movements and disappearance but needed “that final clue”.
Mr Lynch was last seen driving a white Holden Commodore sedan SA registration number VUY720.
The car was seen in the early evening of February 10 leaving a farm at Kapinnie and travelling with a green Jeep Cherokee four wheel drive to Tumby Bay, arriving on dusk.
When police recovered the Commodore, forensic examination found it contained a large amount of blood matched to Mr Lynch.
Police believe Mr Lynch’s body was initially hidden in bush land around Kapinnie but was later moved. They suspect a white Ford station wagon may have been used to transport his body to where he is now buried, believed to be not far from Kapinnie.
A $200,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the recovery of Mr Lynch’s remains and, or, the apprehension and, or, conviction of anyone responsible for the suspected murder.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperssa.com.au/ Callers can remain anonymous.