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Michael ‘Tony’ Lynch

Michael ‘Tony’ Lynch

Michael ‘Tony’ Lynch

Gardai investigating the disappearance of a man from his home in Co Monaghan 18 years ago believe they have found his car in a lake in Co Fermanagh.

Michael 'Tony' Lynch went missing on January 6, 2002.

Gardai said yesterday that a significant development had been made after a car was recovered from Lough Erne.

The discovery came after members of the public uncovered what gardai described as an "anomaly" in the water on Monday.

The men who spotted the vehicle were aware gardai had renewed an appeal for information regarding the location of Mr Lynch's car earlier this year and contacted officers at Clones Garda Station.

Submerged

Shortly after 2pm on Monday, police divers carried out a search of the lake and discovered a submerged car.

It was recovered for examination, but is believed to be the Mitsubishi belonging to Mr Lynch.

As part of the renewed app-eal in January into his dis- appearance, gardai searched 10 lakes in Co Monaghan.

These searches were due to continue and were to include lakes in and around the border region.

However, they had to be suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Inspector Graham Tolan, of Monaghan Garda Station, said: "An Garda Siochana will continue to investigate missing persons cases for as long as it takes.

"In this case, An Garda Siochana have been searching for Mr Lynch for 18 years.

"We are grateful to the members of the public who alerted us to this anomaly in the water.

"I'd like to remind the public that small pieces of information, no matter how insignificant they may seem, can often prove vital, as is the case today.

"We will continue to work with police in Lisnaskea who are investigating the circumstances surrounding the discovery."

A family officer attached to An Garda Siochana has been appointed and is liaising with Mr Lynch's relatives.