Friday, December 11, 2015


Adrian Lynch was possibly knocking on doors in St Lawrence around 1:30am on Saturday morning.
Jersey Police have released more details of his last known movements, saying he could have been calling at houses on Rue Du Douet de la Rue.
His last known sighting has also changed; a homeowner saw him on Clos de Devant around 2am, after previous sightings of him at Bon Air Stables.
Below are details of all the known sightings of him from midnight on Friday evening.
  • 0:00 - Adrian is dropped off by a taxi at the junction of La Rue and Ruette D'Avranches.
  • 0:00 - Adrian spoken to by a driver just South of Carrefour Selous.
  • 0:00-0:30 - Two further potential sightings in the same area of Carrefour Selous.
  • 1:00 - Seen by a member of the public in Rue de la Golarde.
  • 1:10 - Seen by a homeowner on Rue de la Gorlarde.
  • 1:30 - Possibly knocking on doors on La Rue du Douet de la Rue.
  • 1:30-2 - Sightings in the area of Bon Air Riding Stables by two witnesses
  • 2:00 - Seen at Clos de Devant, seen by homeowner






    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.


    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.

    Friends described missing man as 'steady on his feet and talkative' when last seen

    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.

    ( 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.


    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, 


    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.

    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. 

    Rico Sorda

    Part Time Investigative Journalist


    TheGreybelly said...

    Err,what do you mean by the term "slipped something"?

    rico sorda said...

    Someone putting something in his drink that has left him disorientated. Nobody forgets where they live unless they have drunk copious amount of drink. He left early.

    [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.

    That was on leaving the Merton Hotel. It doesn't match with his action upon arriving at the Carrefour Salous.


    Anonymous said...

    Why didn't the taxi take hm all the way home to his front door why did he get dropped a Mike from home was he meeting someone before going home. Bizarre

    Emily said...

    Hi, maybe after leaving the taxi he Lost his Phone and wallet and after half an hour or more he noticed that and started looking for them (going straight and back, asking for Help) and he could't find them becouse was Dark, he was't sure which way he shoud go, and something happend?

    Anonymous said...

    I question that hasn't seemed to asked or answered,is did he take any drugs voluntarily.Legal highs are really screwing people up these days.Maybe he took something an hour before leaving and they only started kicking in later.Sorry to ask,but many parents are unaware their kids are taking legal highs until its too late.
    Something else that has come up is that he was seen talking to someone in a car and the police are asking the driver to come forward.Why a week later has that person not already come forward?

    rico sorda said...

    One of the good things about the CCTV footage is that the Police can also see how many cars were passing along the main road that night. When Adrien was walking back to Carrefour Salous - his last known sighting - they would have seen if any cars had passed. Also, the gate on view in the CCTV footage isn't solid. It would appear that Adrian still has his jacket on as a white shirt would have reflected the light. He then just disappears. Vanishes. Why?

    I hope his I Phone will shed some light on his disappearance. Maybe a text or a phone call.


    voiceforchildren said...


    With regards to the press coverage and press releases, including the one from the family. I have never yet seen any kind of an appeal for Adrian to make contact with family or anybody else for that matter.

    Why has there never been an appeal (that I've seen) for him to make contact? Do the police know something they don't want to share? I just find it bizarre that somebody should go missing and nobody appeals for him to get in touch?

    Anonymous said...


    My thoughts to the friends and family of Adrian.

    1) can the police confirm finger printing was undertaken on each of the belt, phone and wallet found as soon as they were discovered in order to check for other prints should such items have been tossed out of a car window ?
    2) the route taken and disclosed to date suggests that this gent returned with some purpose to collect his phone or wallet or both or for a particular reason
    3)Did Adrian have a late model iPhone and if so did he have location finder enabled plus googlemaps and/or any other satellite enabled technology that is available to iphone users that may help track the phone's movement that night ( the owners of the apps that provide these services may be able to access this data upon jersey police request and track the movements of Adrians phone that night )
    4) the belt found separately should be investigated and considered with some careful thought and not discounted !
    5) there are two large substantial properties within a few hundred metres or less of the last sighting that have open and easy access with multiple stables, outbuildings, lakes and structures where someone could enter unnoticed and take refuge easily from the cold if they were so disorientated (albeit this doesn't fit the image in the cctv for the person captured walking with a straight purposeful stride). Nevertheless have the police accessed and searched these 2 private properties thoroughly with respect to the structures mentioned herein
    6) obviously the police are checking texts, messaging and other communication apps on Adrians phone for clues if any ... together with any social media accounts on work and home computers et al. Have precautions been taken to ensure there are at least 2 copies of each of the full I.T. records ( known as digital images )for all of these ?
    7) disorientated people are less likely to have the mental capacity to knock on doors. Distressed people however do have this ability and are more likely to seek help by way of a door knock.

    a very difficult time.

    anon jersey said...

    Bloody good point. Police are working hard but lets face it they dobt have the best reputation and have been proved they often balls things up. If the havent found him by this weekend 19.12 the public must demand answers and perhaps public conduct island wide search as police are still focusing ob same area if they ate doing this fir reasons they cant disclose fair enough just say so. Otherwise widen the search no one goes mussing in jersey this long. I know the family at the moment are praising the police work i wonder if they will still feel the same as more time passes and adrian is still not found.

    Anonymous said...

    The police have limited the search by asking the public not to search and the police themselves only searching a tiny area. There's never been an appeal for Adtian to get in touch with family members or even get in touch with the police. Rumours are abound and will only increase as the police continue to treat the public like idiots. One rumour I heard today is that Adrian's car is missing also but like I said this is just a rumour and I've heard plenty more so the police had better start unswerving some questions.

    Ian Le Gull.

    Anonymous said...

    I just heard on the radio that there was a report of Adrian talking to someone who was sat in a car with the interior light on. Therefore the possibility still is he could have got into a car so why are the police not asking the public to search island wide? And I want to echo the question previously asked why have the family or the police - from the very start - never appealed for Adrian to make contact?

    rico sorda said...

    Day 11.

    Adrian is still tragically missing.

    After days of searching from our services and local community Adrian still hasn't been found.

    Adrian Lynch has hidden himself or been hidden. He certainly hasn't decided in my opinion to start walking across fields and start falling into water after walking on roads for two hours.

    The footage shot at 2.09am shows Adrian with his jacket on. The next footage shows Adrian in Regals yard. He could just be wanting a wee but doesn't because the security light comes on he then leaves the yard walks past the Amplus yard towards Carrefour Salous and just disappears from site.

    The Police will know if a car passes him as this will show up on the CCTV footage.

    People don't just vanish.

    No other sighting. Why no sighting? Time for houses to be searched.

    Anonymous said...

    Are people walking the cliff paths in Jersey - just a thought from the sister island. It just seems really weird that he would disappear in such strange circumstances, if he was knocking on doors he must have been afraid of someone - if your drunk you normally just slump in the hedge. To knock on a door your looking for help - and farms in the area are probably like Guernsey - hazards like slurry pits or old wells etc etc - but he looked like he was keeping to the roads although some roads like here have no street lighting. What about German fortifications and tunnels a consideration ?

    Anonymous said...


    Re the cctv footage at 2.09 am assumed perhaps wrongly to be Adrian ...

    The gent that walks by the gate clearly shows his head above the gate level. He is walking close to the gate.

    Can someone confirm the height of that gate. Reason being if that gate is close to 6 foot in height then the person is much taller than the height of Adrian as reported at 5 foot 9 inches.

    The angle of the camera together with the footage would show mathematically that if the height of the gate is near 6 foot then it was not Adrian and it is a false lead and/or someone else who is much taller. fact.

    if the height of the gate is 5 foot 6 or lower then its more likely to be a match with respect to Adrians height.

    if not ... then this is a person of interest.

    can someone please state the height of the gate.

    Anonymous said...


    where can the footage you reference at regals yard be viewed re the last purported sighting on camera of Adrian?

    Anonymous said...

    to do the precise calculation for the persons height spotted at 2.09 am on cctv the following is required for which the police or anyone can calculate:

    1) height of gate
    2) height of cctv camera from ground
    3) distance of camera from gate
    4) distance or estimated distance of person from gate when he passed ( it looks like only 3 or 4 foot away )
    5) height of Adrian ( known as 5 foot 9 inches )

    you can quickly establish whether the person was Adrians height or not knowing his height of 5 foot 9....

    rico sorda said...

    I went up to the Amplus yard and checked the gate. I wanted to know if it was solid. Its not. You can see through it. Hence Adrian must have his jacket on as only his face reflects the light. The same when he passes just after 2.15am heading back towards C/Salous. It must be Adrian. What I don't buy is that after two hours on the roads he then decides its a good idea to go off roading in his suit and shoes. Makes no sense. I believe he walked as far as rue de la galoude not sure if spelt right, turned into it, and then disappeared. This is why no more sightings. I also believe his disappearance is not down to him alone.

    Anonymous said...

    Could he be being held somewhere referring to another post on here would a message on tv for the car stopper to come forward urgently

    Anonymous said...

    Some of these posts are rather speculative.

    Hypothermia is not normal in a young healthy person in (relatively) temperate climate. You need to be looking at what type of drugs might cause hypothermia and dis-orientation. He could have taken pills voluntarily, or as Rico suggests, his drink could have been spiked.

    Anonymous said...

    Has there been a description provided to the public of the vehicle that the police have cited was seen with its light on while Adrian was purportedly speaking with someone inside ?

    it follows that if someone can recall this level of detail they could or would at least have some idea of whether it was a large or small vehicle, dark or light coloured vehicle, prestige or ordinary etc even if the make or model wasn't noticed.

    This level of information is required by the public as soon as possible such that any persons might be able to come forward with information of the driver if such a person is not willing to do so themself. it may well be that this info has been released to the public but I cant find it? Has it been released anyone ?

    Further what history is there of Adrian ever being dropped off in this area after a night out ( and there may be no history of this for clarity ) ...however the taxi fraternity is small in Jersey and they will know immediately and can revert even with a quick call or a chat next time you are in a taxi anyone ... so for double clarity has Adrian ever gotten out of a cab in or around the same area at night on the way home and how many times this year ?

    Leave no stone unturned ... time is slipping with Christmas nearly here and attention moving elsewhere ...

    Anonymous said...

    This is an extremely valid point. Can anyone confirm this information?