Extensive Search Fails to Locate Missing Man in Hawaii
Location: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Date Missing: 06-06-2003
Current Status: Unsolved
Lynch lived in Newburgh, Indiana at the time of his disappearance and was visiting Hawaii. He went hiking and taking pictures in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park at the end of of Chain of Craters Road in Hawaii National Park, Hawaii on June 6, 2003, and never returned.
On June 13, a week after his disappearance, Lynch’s rental car was found at the entrance to the park, near active lava flows along the volcano’s coast. There was no sign of Lynch at the scene. An extensive search failed to locate him.
Lynch was on vacation in June 2003 and was supposed to fly to his home in Indiana on the day of his disappearance, but he never used his return ticket and his car was found at the Evansville, Indiana airport. He left most of his personal belongings at his hotel room.
Lynch’s estranged wife petitioned to have him declared legally dead in December 2005. Both Hawaii and Indiana police are investigating his case, which remains unsolved.