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01/20/05

Search Continues for Missing Woman

A Swainsboro woman is still missing. Cindy Lynch was last seen in Thunderbolt, where her family's yacht is docked. Thunderbolt police say she was last heard from around 11pm Tuesday night. There is still no sign of her.

Her family is upset. And police have now called in some help with her search for the 42-year-old.

Thunderbolt police chief Steve Smith says Lynch's family is struggling with the unknown.

Lynch was supposed to be in Swainsboro to open up her beauty salon Wednesday morning. "She never showed up," said Chief Smith.

Wednesday afternoon, her family reported her missing. Since then, questions have haunted them. Was she kidnapped? Did she have an accident? Or did Cindy just up and leave?

"We're trying to figure out in our minds what happened, and a lot of these questions are premature at this point," said Chief Smith.

While police are interviewing family members, they also called in backup, including the GBI and the marine patrol, who are combing the waterways near the Lynch family boat.

"We're not ruling out anything at this point," said Smith.

"We're not sure if it is suspicious," said Det. Bill Buttersworth. "We're treating it as that."

Det. Buttersworth says there are very few clues so far. "She did have conversations on her cell phone. We do know that."

But Cindy's whereabouts remain a mystery.

Emmanuel County sheriff's deputies did search the Lynch home in Swainsboro, hoping she may have returned for some reason. But there was no sign that she was there.

The search will continue in Thunderbolt.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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