|DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT STEWART GULL|
Friday, December 11, 2015
ADRIAN LYNCH - STILL MISSING DAY7/8
ADRIAN LYNCH - STILL MISSING - DAY 7/8
THIS MUST BE SIMPLY HORRENDOUS & HORRIFIC FOR FAMILY - RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.
WE ALL HOPE THAT THIS IS RESOLVED SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.
HERE IS THE TIMELINE OF EVENTS OF THE FIRST CRUCIAL 72HRS
SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2015:
Police in Jersey are searching for a missing man.
20-year old Adrian Lynch is described a slim, tanned with short black hair.
He was last seen wearing a blue suit and white shirt.
If you have any information that could help police with their enquiries call 612612.
SUNDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2015:
Jersey Police have launched a search operation to find a 20-year-old man who has been missing for two nights.
Adrian Lynch had been to a work party at the Merton Hotel on Friday night, he left the party at 12pm and took a taxi to the area of Six Roads in St Lawrence.
Officers believe he was last seen in the early hours of the morning at around 1am in La Rue de La Golarde heading west towards Garden Scene Nursery.
It's thought he could have been walking towards La Rue de Bel Air.
As the temperature drops and it has been raining in Jersey, police are worried about Adrian and are asking land owners in the area to check their properties, outbuildings, sheds and gardens .
Adrian is described as having a slim to proportionate build, short straight black hair of Asian appearance. He was last seen wearing a light blue suit and a white shirt.
If you have any information call police on (01534) 612612.
A 20-year-old man, who's been missing in Jersey since Friday night, has been described by friends as 'steady on his feet and talkative' when he was last seen leaving a work party to catch a taxi.
Detective Chief Inspector, Lee Turner says they are more concerned about Adrian Lynch's physical welfare rather than his mental welfare as he could be outside in the cold and rain without suitable clothing.
[There is] no indication of anything untoward at the party, no indication of anything untoward in terms of Adrian's state of mind or well-being. He had had a few drinks but was described as relatively steady on his feet and talkative.
– DETECTIVE CHIEF INSPECTOR, LEE TURNER
( How did he get so disorientated in the space of a 15 minute Taxi Journey?)
Jersey Police have explained why they're not asking for the public to help search for missing 20-year-old Adrian Lynch at this time.
The force has posted on it's Facebook page, saying it appreciates offers of help and support from members of the public.
It says there are five agencies being used in the search and it doesn't want to 'prejudice the current coordinated efforts'.
But officers are continuing to ask residents to check their properties and outbuildings for any signs of Adrian.
MONDAY 7TH DECEMBER
Emergency services will continue the search for missing 20-year-old Adrian Lynch overnight tonight.
ITV News has mapped his last know movements in the early hours of Saturday morning.
4,000 leaflets with a photo of Adrian have been delivered to houses in St Lawrence, St Mary and St John today.
Police believe there is a chance he is still alive somewhere, trapped or hurt and people in the three parishes are being asked to check their properties.
A dive team were involved in the search yesterday.
He was last seen in the early hours of Saturday morning in the Bon Air Stables area, after getting in a taxi following a Christmas party.
Police are increasingly concerned about him, he's been missing for three nights now.
Adrian was at a Christmas party at the Merton Hotel on Friday evening when he got a taxi to the Carrefour Selous area in St Lawrence, about a mile away from his family home.
The move is apparently normal for Adrian after a night out.
He was later seen at 1:10 am on La Rue De La Golarde and then in the Bon Air Stables area around 2 am.
Police say his wallet, belt and phone have been found.
They believe he could still be alive somewhere, trapped or injured.
Residents in St Lawrence, St Mary and St John are being asked to search their properties,
THIS IS JUST A BRIEF LOOK AT THE FIRST CRUCIAL 72HRS
Here is a Q & A from Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull that appeared today ,Friday 11th December 2015 on the Bailiwick Express website. I have also included the CCTV Footage that was released today.
Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull is the officer heading the operation to find missing Adrian Lynch.
In an interview with Bailiwick Express, he revealed what the police have learned so far, and how they intend to carry on as the efforts to find Adrian stretch beyond the seven-day mark.
Q – “What have you learned so far?”
A – “We have continued to secure suspected sightings or contacts with him between about 12 midnight when he was dropped off, and 2 am. We had initially 16 sightings, but we have discounted one, which we know cannot have been him. They are all in a fairly tight knit area in the north of St Lawrence and Carrefour Selous and north of there. We did secure yesterday – and we will be releasing details of this – CCTV footage. We cannot identify that it’s him but in all probability we think it probably is him, walking past business premises at 2.09 am, going north towards St John and then eight minutes later he comes back through – he has turned around and come back again.”
Q – “What do you think has happened?”
A – “All of that reinforces our hypothesis that he was disoriented, and probably in the early stages of hypothermia. The removal of clothing is often associated with the early stages of hypothermia. One or two witnesses described him as being just in a white shirt which would suggest that he has removed his jacket. We found his belt in addition to which, a member of the public had earlier found his wallet and phone. That reinforces our view that he was inebriated, he was disoriented and a minimum of 15 or 16 sightings or contacts is fairly significant in a fairly tight area, which reinforces our view that we have been searching in the right area, despite of course being very frustrated that we cannot find him. I think that he virtually walked into a house and was confronted by a member of the public, and was challenged, and he then realised that he was in the wrong place and quickly walked out of the house. Somebody else heard what we believe is him scratching on their door and another witness has decribed him shouting ‘Ella, Ella’, and we know that he knows someone of that name.”
Q – “You have said in the last few days that it’s unlikely that you’ll find him alive.”
A – “We do believe he has come to an unfortunate and untimely end. We have spoken to the taxi driver and taken a statement – we have traced 15 or 16 witnesses and taken statements from them which helps to piece together his last movements.”
Q – “What kind of work are you doing as the search approaches its seventh day?”
A – “There is some conventional investigative work going on in the background – house-to-house inquiries, reviewing CCTV footage and interviewing witnesses. That’s not just taking statements from witnesses, it has involved taking them back to St Lawrence, St Mary and St John just to be completely clear on where they were. We are having a good look at his phone and mobile data and talking to family and friends to see if there is anything there that is not known to us that may give an indication as to where he is.
Q – “What about the public efforts to join the search and help – is that helping or hindering?”
A – “Clearly, we understand the public and the community’s desire to want to seem to be actively involved. We have not actively encouraged it. We have had 50 to 80 professionals on the ground each day. Proper searching is very professional – we need to be organised and focussed and we have specialist officers to assess, and we go about it in designated zones based on points of last contact and sightings, potential lines of walking either to his home address or back to the Merton Hotel. He indicated to one witness that he was going to go back to the Merton, and that indicates some disorientation. We cannot discourage people from searching, but the best support that the local community can give is by clearing the ground from under our feet. It’s really important that residents, businesses and landowners check and double check that he is not in a garden, in a shed, in an outbuilding or in a ditch. That is the best support. Certainly, at night, we would not encourage searching. It is incredibly dark out there, you can’t see your hand in front of your face. The last thing that we want to be doing is searching for someone else who has gone astray or who has come to some harm.
Q – “What are your plans for the next few days?”
A - “We are working closely with the family, we are re-searching areas that we have already been through and putting fresh eyes through there to be sure. Special sonar equipment arrives late this afternoon to be deployed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday to look at deeper and open water. There is some fairly deep water – ponds and reservoirs – so that is something that the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service cannot penetrate. Of course, if he is in there, we will hopefully find him. We continue the house-to-house work, we are undertaking an ‘anniversary road check’ this evening at Carrefour Selous, exactly seven days on, because it’s not inconceivable that we get the same people travelling through. Members of the public sometimes think that they do not want to trouble police with things that they have seen.”
What we are absolutely sure about is that Adrien Lynch is still missing. He is out there waiting to be found. I haven't given up hope that he will be found alive. A small chance granted but a chance. The million dollar question being what happened when he got dropped off? There is absolutely nothing to suggest that Adrien was drunk. And I quote:
"[There is] no indication of anything untoward at the party, no indication of anything untoward in terms of Adrian's state of mind or well-being. He had had a few drinks but was described as relatively steady on his feet and talkative.
– DETECTIVE CHIEF INSPECTOR, LEE TURNER"
This does tally up with the CCTV footage shot at 2:09 where it shows Adrian walking past an industrial yard. He looks to be walking with a good pace and in a straight line plus not forgetting he hasn't had a drink for two hours.
I'm a little curios about this quote from Stuart Gull from above:
"One or two witnesses described him as being just in a white shirt which would suggest that he has removed his jacket. We found his belt in addition to which, a member of the public had earlier found his wallet and phone. That reinforces our view that he was inebriated, he was disoriented"
If he has removed his jacket why hasn't it been found? You normally remove a jacket when you enter a house. Adrian also looks to be keeping to the roads and not going across fields etc. The Police want to be able to search this area without the public getting in the way. So much easier for the owners of fields and property to check themselves and report to the police.
Adrien would have left the Merton about 11.45 to get to the area of Carrefour Salous. At 11.45 he was of sound mind to know where he was heading. Work colleagues had stated he was sound on his feet. This has proved correct when you look at the walking he had done and CCTV footage. He had done this before. From midnight onwards it all goes seriously wrong. Why? Are we saying he remembered that he needed to get to Carrefour Salous and fifteen minutes later he couldn't remember how to get home? That doesn't make sense. They only thing I can think of to explain his disorientation is that he was slipped something at the Merton not long before leaving or he was slipped something in the Carrefour Salous area between midnight and 1pm.
His family need him back. Simple as that. If there is anybody out there who has information regarding the events of that night then please come forward and end the horrendous pain and suffering that Adrien's family must be suffering.
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