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Family of Fermanagh man missing for 17 years ask for help to 'bring him home'

Tony Lynch has been missing since January 2002. Picture by RTÉ Crimecall

THE family of a Co Fermanagh man missing for 17 years have said all they want is to "find him and to bring him home".

Michael Anthony Lynch, who was known as Tony, was last seen walking along Fermanagh Street in Clones, Co Monaghan, on January 6 2002.

The 54-year-old father-of-four had moved from Magheraveely, Co Fermanagh, to a flat in Clones just two months before he went missing.

He had also been working in Cavan at the time he went missing, but his family became concerned for his whereabouts when he failed to turn up for work.

He was reported missing on January 9 2002.

At the time of his disappearance, Mr Lynch was driving a white Mitsubishi Galant registration number TIL 4670. The vehicle was last seen at around 11pm on January 12 2002, travelling north on the Dublin to Newry road.

The car has never been recovered.

Seventeen years on Mr Lynch's family say they are still in the dark about what happened to him and have appealed to anyone with any information to come forward.

Speaking to RTÉ One's Crimecall, his wife Angela Lynch described the day she visited his flat and realised he was missing.

"Every single thing he owned was in that flat," she said.

"It was like he just went out to the shop and just didn't come back."

She said Mr Lynch was "always on their mind and in their hearts".

"I just want to find Tony for my children," she said.

"This is their daddy, this is the person they loved very much. They will always look for their daddy, just like I want to find my husband, that will never change," she said.

"All we want is the right to find him and to bring him home. That's all we want."

His daughter Mary said: "Different things go through our head all the time about what could have happened.

"We just really need some answers."

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