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Planned Search of Gortnawinny Lough, Clones for Missing Person Michael Tony Lynch 02/02/2020

On the 18th anniversary of the disappearance of Michael Tony Lynch from his home in Clones, County Monaghan, An Garda Síochána is renewing its appeal for information about his last known movements.

Mr Lynch, who was known locally by the name Tony, was 55 years old and was originally from Magheraveely, County Fermanagh. He was living in Clones prior to his disappearance, and was reported missing on the 9th of January 2002.

To coincide with the 18th anniversary of his disappearance Gardaí in Clones in conjunction with local members of Monaghan Civil Defence will conduct a series of planned searches of lakes and quarries in the Clones area.

The first of these searches takes place on January 2 at Gortnawinny Lough, Clones.

The last known sighting of Mr Lynch was at Fermanagh Street  Clones, County Monaghan at 6pm on the 6th of January 2002. 

The investigation into Mr Lynch’s disappearance is ongoing and to date Mr Lynch and his car - a white Mitsubishi Galant registration number TIL4670 - have not been located.

The purpose of the planned searches is to establish if Mr Lynch’s vehicle may have been submerged at one of these locations. 

The planned operation will begin on January 2, 2020, and will include the use of a drone which can guide Gardaí and the Civil Defence team to locations of interest in the search.

Gardaí investigating this missing person case have exhausted a number of leads and at this point are renewing their appeal for information. Anyone who may have had sight of this vehicle and/or Mr Lynch since January 6, 2002 is asked to come forward.

They are also anxious to speak with any landowners who may have noticed a car abandoned on lands or submerged in waters which may fit the description of Mr Lynch’s white Mitsubishi Galant car.

Those with information are asked to contact Gardaí in Clones on 047 51028, the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.