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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Adrian Lynch. States of Jersey Police Press Release.




Below is the latest Press Release issued by the States of Jersey Police (SOJP) concerning the search, and investigation, into the disappearance of 20 year-old Adrian Lynch who went missing on 4th/5th December 2015 after attending a work's Christmas Party at the Merton Hotel.

SOJP Press Release.

Adrian Lynch - Answering Your Questions.

Introduction

A lot of information has circulated regarding Adrian’s disappearance and the investigation, both factual and false. A number of recurring themes of questioning have also appeared via traditional and social media forums and this overview is intended to publicly inform and consolidate on the current status. The States of Jersey Police (SoJP) have been open and transparent in the information they have provided to the public and recognise the benefit in providing a comprehensive update.

Adrian’s clothing and items

On the night of his disappearance, Adrian was wearing a blue River Island two piece suit, brown belt, white shirt, white t-shirt and black slip-on shoes. He was believed to be in possession of his passport for proof of age purposes, having recently lost his driving license and he would have had two keys on a single ring with no fob – one a key to a Ford Fiesta, and the other an ordinary Yale door key. He also wore a white and yellow gold signet ring encrusted with a diamond.


Adrian’s movements

Adrian had spent the evening of Friday 4th December 2015 at a combined electrical contractors’ Christmas function at the Merton Hotel. He had consumed a quantity of alcohol and was intoxicated. A colleague arranged for a taxi to collect and take him home, and Adrian left by taxi at about ten minutes to midnight. It is believed that a misunderstanding over the address however led to Adrian being dropped off at the junction of La Rue and La Ruette D’Avranches (halfway between the Six Rues and Carrefour Selous junctions) with Adrian indicating he lived very close nearby. He was actually over a kilometre south of his home address.

He had his phone and wallet in his hand as he got out of the taxi, and these were located the following morning on the road surface in La Ruette just a few metres away from where he got out of the taxi. Although there was no cash in the wallet it is believed that Adrian had spent the cash he had earlier withdrawn from an ATM at the function, and used the remaining £3 to top up the amount his colleague had given the taxi driver when he collected Adrian at the hotel. Due to the positioning of the phone and the wallet, it is believed that he may have sat down for a while on the road surface placing these items down, but inadvertently leaving them behind when he moved off.

Adrian was dropped off at around five minutes past midnight. The following is a chronology of movements of who we believe to be Adrian over the next two or so hours. Times in some cases are approximate based upon witnesses’ best recollection, and references to “Adrian” are based upon a belief that this is indeed Adrian from references to description.

00:15 and 00:35 – a number of sightings of Adrian in the vicinity of the Carrefour Selous junction with La Grande Route de St Laurent. All are indicative of a state of intoxication ranging from unsteady walking to lying in the road.
01:00 – a report of a male shouting and swearing in La Rue de la Golarde, and very shortly after a male fitting Adrian’s description walking east along this lane.
01:05 – Adrian walks into a house in La Rue de la Golarde, occupants are still awake and in the lounge and question his presence before he leaves and is then seen walking west along Rue de la Golarde. Adrian is polite and appeared to have mud on his trousers.
01:40 – 01:45 – a householder in Le Passage hears a voice at the front of his house and on checking sees Adrian sitting on his wall, there was no-one else around. The householder enquired as to what he was doing and if he was ok. Adrian apologises for disturbing him and leaves heading west along Le Passage. At around this time (believed very shortly afterwards) a taxi driver passes Adrian in the lane who is however now walking east towards the junction with La Grande Route de St Laurent.
02:00 – Adrian is seen walking northwards on La Grande Route de St Laurent near to the junction with La Fraide Rue.
02:00 – someone is heard shouting and swearing on the s-bend near Bon Air Stables, and a person believed to be Adrian is seen walking northwards.
02:09 – CCTV at the Thistlegrove site captures Adrian walking north past the entrance, and then entering the yard at the front of Regal, before disappearing down the side of Regal. He re-emerges a few minutes later and is seen to walk south back past Thistlegrove at 02:17.
02:15 – 02:30 – a resident whose house backs onto the vehicular track leading south from La Rue de la Golarde into the Cooke’s Roses Farm complex hears their young child crying seemingly as they have been disturbed from sleep by someone shouting. It is very possible Adrian was walking back towards the very area he had started from, perhaps searching for his phone and wallet.

Adrian’s belt
Adrian’s belt was located on the Saturday by a householder in his garden in Le Passage, near to the boundary with Cooke’s Roses Farm. It was loosely coiled. A friend of Adrian has said that Adrian occasionally removed his belt and carried it in a coiled fashion. It is believed that at some point Adrian had removed and was carrying his belt. It is possible that he dropped or placed this when either leaving or entering the garden near to the Cooke’s Roses Farm complex, possibly at around 02:30 if the last report of hearing shouting related to Adrian passing southwards through the site.

Saturday 5th to Monday 7th December 2015

Contact was made by the finder of Adrian’s wallet and phone with Adrian’s family on the Saturday morning, and the family started their own enquiries before reporting Adrian missing in the early afternoon. An early assessment of the circumstances prioritised Adrian as a high risk missing person and enquiries initiated. Searching was carried out well into the night.
A multi-agency meeting involving representatives from a number of agencies was held at 07:00 on the Sunday and searching continued throughout the day and into the night, under the coordination of a trained police search advisor. One of the challenges that searchers faced that weekend and in the days and weeks that followed was the relative brevity of daylight hours, although searching into the night continued when it was considered conceivable that Adrian may still be alive.

On the Monday a decision to set up a major investigation room was taken, and a command structure to support the multi-agency working established. Use of the UK HOLMES major investigation computer system for recording and tracking data and lines of enquiry was also established. Although a missing person enquiry, the investigation room, team structure and processes mirrored that used nationally for major enquiries, whether crime related or not. The investigation started with regard to all possibilities, and has remained as such.

This had been declared as a critical incident and a command structure put in place to ensure strategic and tactical requirements were recognised and responded to. A Gold / Silver / Bronze terminology is applied nationally across the emergency services to major incidents, and Detective Superintendent Stewart Gull assumed the role of the “Gold Commander” which he still retains. Detective Chief Inspector Lee Turner who had been involved since the Sunday morning was designated as the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) over-seeing Detective Inspector Steve Langford as the “Silver” for investigation and Inspector Tim Barnes as the SoJP “Silver” for the multi-agency searching.

The search

From Sunday 6th to Tuesday 22nd December representatives from ten agencies were used daily in coordinated searching. They were spread across a total of 28 designated zones covering about 12 square kilometres in total, as seen on the map below. There were typically between 30 and 60 searchers deployed on any one day, the management and coordination of which required significant effort and monitoring. The search zones were designated according to the information picture that was developing as the enquiry progressed, and centred on those areas that featured in the reported sightings of Adrian as well as the potential directions he may have travelled in.



1 km radius (2 km diameter) circular zones of higher priority were established, centring on Adrian’s last known location (taxi drop off / belt recovery area) and the furthest believed movement indicated (Thistlegrove / Bon Air stables area). Such zones were also based on input from national search advice, and a National Search Advisor from the College of Policing worked in the island for a few days with search management in December.

The support of the public was and has been significant and careful ongoing consideration was given from the outset on Sunday 6th December and throughout the active search phases to using members of the public in support of coordinated searching, working alongside agency personnel. During this critical phase of the searching, it was assessed that there were sufficient resources for the task in hand. To involve the public in this coordinated way would have placed an unnecessary burden and additional risk on the overall coordinated search. This decision was strongly endorsed by a National Search Advisor from the College of Policing in the early stages.

There are a number of water sites in the general area ranging from garden ponds to the Handois and Dannemarche reservoirs. A number of these aspects could be and were covered by trained Fire and Rescue officers and divers from TTS. Other more challenging aspects were reviewed and where applicable covered by sonar specialists from Humberside Police.

Specialist victim recovery dogs were also utilised over two phases in December and January in areas assessed to require particular attention, or which presented significant challenges to other search methods. These dogs are trained to find deceased people, unlike the more general purpose police dogs which are used by SoJP who are trained to locate the living. As with any search assets, although highly trained these dogs are not infallible and require focus – this is directed and monitored by trained handlers, and will on occasion be restricted by environmental conditions such as wind direction.

A drone used by trained Fire and Rescue personnel was also deployed and viewing of footage monitored and examined over a number of days in support of other methods. This covered a total of about 12 hours flying time and covering a total distance of some 80,000 metres.

With regard to the possibility that Adrian may have been involved in a road traffic collision (RTC), additional and focused search attention was also paid to road surfaces and boundaries (extending up to 10 metres either side of the road surface) inside and out of the 1 km higher priority zones, not only for Adrian but for any debris or item that may have been discarded or flung upon any impact (which is common). Unsurprisingly, debris from what are believed to be minor historic collisions was located, but nothing of apparent relevance to Adrian’s disappearance.

Several thousand personnel hours in total were used in searching the designated areas, both before and after Christmas. There was and remains no information on which to base extending such parameters other than simply extending outwards in all directions which would not only require an exponentially growing resourcing requirement, but would also depend upon the consent of private property owners in circumstances where there would be little or no rationale to request or expect this. In short, in the absence of any more specific information, further searching is simply considered unviable.

Further searching for example in the central Carrefour Selous area was conducted in January based on a hypothesis arising from the last indication of Adrian’s presence in the Cooke’s Roses Farm area at 02:15 – 02:30.

This position has been supplemented by repeated requests for land and property owners to check their own areas outside of these zones, to use employees to assist on commercial and agricultural sites and to call the police for assistance if for example; the infirm or restricted are unable to thoroughly check property and outbuildings.

Difficult decisions such as those involving the parameters of extended searches have to be made, but as with all aspects of major investigations the practical implications are such that parameters have to be applied based on rationale, and the Senior Investigating Officer making such decisions rightly remains accountable for these.

The northern boundary areas around St John’s Village were based on earlier indications of Adrian’s direction of travel from the taxi drop off and the direction of his home address. The absence of any sightings past these areas limited the extent of these zones; however, the north coast has featured in search activity, including the Channel Islands Air Search plane, and also by the States of Jersey Fire & Rescue Service and other assets based on reports of possible relevance. Other areas have also received search attention in response to other possibly related pieces of information that were received.

An internal review of all search documentation is being carried out in order to establish the necessity for any revisits.

Hypotheses and lines of enquiry

A number of hypotheses were established by the SIO in the early phase of the investigation, falling within the three main nationally recognised categories of missing people:
1. Lost person – a person who is temporarily disorientated and would wish to be found;

2. Voluntary missing person – a person who has control over their own action but has decided on a particular course of action eg wishes to leave home or self-harm;

3. Missing person under the influence of a third party – relating to someone who has gone missing against their will eg abduction or murder victim.

The hypotheses established, form the basis of documented investigative strategies, which themselves drive principle lines of enquiry. The investigation has remained open-minded to all possibilities including criminal and third party involvement, but to date it remains that there is no credible information indicative of a crime. Such is Adrian’s apparent disorientation, intoxication and vulnerability that night, some form of misadventure is still considered the most probable eventuality, but other possibilities have never been ruled out.

Before clarification was obtained as to why Adrian might have taken off his belt, an explanation was considered that he might have been experiencing the onset of hypothermia. As bizarre as it might appear, undressing in some cases of hypothermia can occur although no further items of Adrian’s clothing have yet been discovered. Another reaction can be a form of hibernation-like activity in terms of deliberate and tight self-concealment, and this has not been ruled out. Although it was a relatively mild and dry night, Adrian was not dressed to remain outside overnight, and this combined with intoxication leading to increased cooling of skin surfaces could possibly have created physiological hypothermic reactions. This is only a possibility however and cannot be determined with any certainty such are the variables involved, but consultation with a Home Office pathologist has taken place in this regard and cannot be entirely ruled out. Contrary to what might be thought, it does not need to be bitterly cold for hypothermia to occur.

The structure of the investigation is such that any turn of events can be accommodated and catered for. Although this is a missing person investigation open to all possibilities, a murder investigation would follow a similar structure but its strategic direction would be influenced by those aspects indicative of a murder having taken place, eg discovery of a body in such circumstances or credible information that this was indeed the case. It is not a matter of switching from a missing person enquiry to a murder investigation simply because a period of time has elapsed without discovery.

Whether a missing person or a murder investigation, both seek to identify sources of intelligence, information and evidence in order to establish what has happened. This is why reference has been made to terminology such as “witness strategy” and “house to house enquiries” which would be expected in murder investigations, but have also been used in this investigation in order to identify and capitalise on information opportunities. As an example, witness strategy included written appeals in foreign languages placed in public areas and delivered to farms in the central parishes. A house to house zone was designated covering the routes Adrian is known to have taken, and may have proceeded to take, covering over 300 properties and over 500 residents, all of whom identified and spoken with.

A range of other lines of enquiry cover issues such as forensics, family liaison, passive data opportunities including CCTV from 18 sites, vehicle damage, and importantly the media.

Over 1,000 people have been spoken with during the investigation, over 250 witness statements recorded and over 560 investigative actions generated over and above the search activity described.

At the end of January a National Missing Persons Advisor and a National Senior Investigating Officer Advisor from the National Crime Agency visited and undertook a review of the structure, hypotheses and basis for the lines of enquiry being generated. As with any form of review in any field, a number of recommendations were made, gratefully received and duly considered and acted upon to varying degrees with regard to the local context and ongoing developments in the information picture. Support and further recommendations were also provided following this, by an NCA National Search Advisor in addition to those given before Christmas by the College of Policing.

The media

There have been over 30 media releases since the investigation began and a number of interviews with DCI Turner and D/Supt Gull. The outreach to an immensely supportive community wanting to help the police and Adrian’s family has been significant. There have for example been 14,122 YouTube hits on the Thistlegrove CCTV images.
A number of appeals for information have been made, including for a number of people who might have seen Adrian or something of possible relevance to come forward. Despite repeated appeals, a number of persons remain outstanding – these are people who very possibly might simply have seen or heard something of interest, however insignificant or irrelevant this might appear to them to be.


1. The occupants of a silver car (possibly a VW or Citroen Saxo) parked outside David Hicks at about 23:00;


2. Two persons with a motorcycle at the junction of Le Neuf Chemin and St Lawrence main road (just north of the entrance to St John’s Manor) at about midnight;


3. A male with a dark pullover hitchhiking up Mont Felard at about half past midnight;


4. A male in a mustard coloured suit walking north past Regal at about 01:15-01:30;


5. A taxi moving south past Thistlegrove at 02:33;


6. A male with white hair hitchhiking south at about 03:00 in the Three Oaks area;


7. Two males hitchhiking north at about 03:00 in the area of Steven Cohu antiques


In addition to this, despite a number of requests and other enquiries, it cannot be confirmed that all persons either in, passing into or out of the area at the relevant time have been identified. The CCTV at Thistlegrove identifies a number of vehicles passing in both directions throughout the night but makes and models are not distinguishable – we believe most have been identified but not all.

Current Position

The investigation will not be concluded until Adrian is found and the circumstances of his disappearance established as far as is possible. Maintaining a resourced investigation room and team however is only appropriate whilst there are feasible lines of enquiry to investigate, and these are not infinite. Adrian remains missing and SoJP will continue to consider any potential for fresh investigative leads and monitor any new intelligence or information, and remain ready and willing to resource and respond appropriately to any such developments.

This has been a unique and unprecedented missing person enquiry for Jersey. Whilst the States of Jersey Police will continue to keep an open mind as to any eventuality in respect of Adrian’s disappearance as set out as above, as difficult as it may be to comprehend on a small island, indications are that Adrian simply remains missing by misadventure. This has been an open and transparent investigation, and for as long as Adrian remains missing the Police remain committed to finding him.(END)

Credit SOJP.
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15 comments:

  1. Just a few questions that haven't been answered by the police and some observations:

    1) The original reason for the taxi driver dropping Adrian off at a distance from his home has changed.

    2) There is no mention of sniffer dogs being used to find a 'live' person. Why not? Where they used?

    3) The missing taxi driver at 2.33 am. As all taxi drivers are registered, have the police traced the whereabouts of all taxi drivers. We are a very small island and the police should have the resources to carry this out.

    4) I believe I am right in that Adrian was last seen in a lane that branched off to his home address. Therefore, the taxi driver's statement is vital for the investigation.

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  2. Do we know if the taxi who dropped Adrian off at five minutes past midnight is the same taxi moving south past Thistlegrove at 02:33?

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  3. It looks like there is a pond in or next to Cooks Rose Farm where the last possible sighting was. I'm sure this pond has been searched as have all other areas of water. However there was a missing persons case in America, back in the eighties. It was thought that the persons body could be in a small lake, but search teams found nothing. The land owner then financed himself for the lake to be drained, as police said it was too costly. The body was found in the lake. Just a thought that this could be the case with Adrian.

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    1. Saw the same thing in UK recently

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  4. The Taxi at 2:33am is obviously essential.

    It's the main part that jumps out of this lengthy police statement.. I left a comment on the last posting regarding this Taxi and find it astonishing that there hasn't been more of a public appeal for them to come forward. The Taxi passes thistle grove roughly 13minutes after Adrian heading in the same direction South…

    I don't believe that Adrian lost his phone and wallet and then couldn't find them…

    Adrian's phone and Wallet were left in that lane but not by him.

    He was drunk, he was staggering, he was what every 20yr old is on a friday night but he certainly didn't forget where he got out of the cab. Not a chance. 2hrs 20 without a phone is a lifetime for a young lad no matter what state he is in.

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  5. If this fresh statement by the Police was designed to address and pacify the widespread public worry, they really need to employ better spin-doctors, as a well as better leadership.

    This approach described by the Police here is so full of flaws, if the Home Affairs Minister doesn't begin to shortly look to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Mike Bowron for the obvious breakdown in leadership, then other States members must start the accountability processes against her. It's as simple as that.

    I don't have time to address right now every flaw in the Police assertions. But one doesn't need to, really. The basic failure is so obvious it's enough to look at that.

    Look, in essences the cops are claiming that 'resource-implications' mean that there would be 'no justification' in launching deeper, structured searches, or prioritising the possibility of murder as a driving factor in this investigation. They come to this conclusion on the basis they 'have no evidenced grounds for suspecting murder' or words to that effect.

    Look, this young man went missing in a narrow area, in the middle of Jersey. If 'misadventure' were the 'probable' and 'reasonable' suspicion - the theory which justified playing down the other possibilities - then you, Jersey Police, would have a body.

    You don't have a body.

    You can't find a body.

    The fact that you can't find a body does not make 'misadventure' the most likely event.

    On the contrary, the fact you haven't found a body makes 'misadventure' the least likely theory.

    The fact you haven't got a body, IS THE FACT which make foul-play a strong and more likely possibility.

    And the fact that the statement reveals there to be a number of people of possible interest - taxi-drivers, late-night hitch-hikers - who the Police have not yet identified - and not yet made contact with, even though this is tiny Jersey so they could identify and make contact with everyone and anyone if their minds were put to it - is just amazing. Really - just astounding.

    The position of Mike Bowron is now utterly untenable and he must go. Go now.

    A young person has vanished in suspicious circumstances. And what makes the disappearance profoundly and doubly alarming is the fact the Police have been unable to find a body. Apply Occam's Razor, in a case such as this if a body hasn't been found, it's because someone didn't want the body to be found.

    This community, our vulnerable young people, need protecting from these fools.

    A Concerned Parent.

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  6. One issue that I am curious about is whether the police have conducted cell site analysis of all mobile telephones passing through that area during the relevant time period.

    I appreciate this is not an exact science and that there may be legal hurdles. I doubt that the police have the right, under normal circumstances, to demand all the mobile data from the mobile companies. But surely this is not normal circumstances?

    On the other hand, it's often what is not said that is important. It may very well be the case that the police have done exactly this, but don't want to trumpet that they have. Ultimately, they have very broad investigatory powers, although they might need to seek a court order from a judge in order to exercise them.

    For what it's worth, I think that the SOJP statement is very thorough and professional, but there will always be things that they can't or won't say.

    I'd be very surprised if the detectives hadn't examined mobile data. If it were my child, I would want them to do so. For example "The occupants of a silver car (possibly a VW or Citroen Saxo) parked outside David Hicks at about 23:00". Surely those people are all likely to have mobile phones and could possibly be traced? Or does everyone's right to privacy prevent the police from doing that?

    In closing, I'd like to say that my thoughts are very much with Adrian's family.

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  7. The map doesn't show a comprehensive search of the North Coast and also are they seriously telling us that hypothermia was considered because he removed his belt???

    Oh I'm so hot and burning up I will take my belt off.

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  8. What are the odds of a 20yr old fully clothed lad walking the lanes on a mild evening dying of hypothermia against the odds of a young man going missing without a trace whilst there are still a number of witnesses still to come forward and him being murdered and concealed.

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  9. I've been following the, admittedly somewhat sketchy and unreliable, Jersey msm reportage of the latest events at your child-abuse public-inquiry.

    It occurs to me that all of the many factions appearing on behalf of the state in Jersey (who very noticeably outnumber representation of victims, survivors, whistle-blowers and the public-interest by about 99.9% to 0.01%) that a serious problem faced by civil society in Jersey is that these people still think they're fighting a PR war. All of them, each agency they represent, and their overall Establishment co-ordination group, haven't moved beyond thinking that the only thing which matters is they winning the domestic PR war in Jersey. There's no indication at all that any of these people, not one of them, understand that they always have done, and can easily carry on, wining the PR war in the island. But that isnt the war being fought any more.

    And hasn't been for a long time.

    The real war, the war which matters, long, long since moved on to other, bigger issues, bigger territory, far bigger stakes.

    In some ways you good people of Jersey should take heart from this. It shows your Establishment to still, ultimately, and above all other considerations, be idiots. And idiots have a habit of wrecking themselves. Your Establishment approached the occurrence of your public-inquiry as though it were just another domestic PR war for them to win, rather than what it was. Namely, a last-chance-saloon opportunity for your polity to mature, clean and fix itself, address its own diseases and failings, show to the external world it had that competence and ability, and to grow-up.

    The Jersey Establishment has failed to see it was even in that situation, let alone take the opportunity to self-cure, and clean up the self-inflicted damage of the last decade.

    The jury is out on the intent, motives and objectives of your public-inquiry panel, but we can be most certain of one thing, come what may: the response of the Jersey governance apparatus to the public-inquiry does not reduce the headache for the responsible authorities in London. Rather, things are worse for them now than they were in 2013.

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  10. How did the person who found Adrian's phone and wallet know where Adrain lived?

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    1. If it was me I would look in the wallet for the name on any bank card or anything else with a name on it. Then look in the phone book and phone them up. Not a difficult thing to find out in a small place like Jersey. Infact someone once found my mobile phone in London about 10 years ago. They looked in my contacts and rung my mum to tell her they had it!

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  11. Anyone any ideas what the new developments are just mentioned on Channel TV news? Just praying his family may now have some answers.

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    1. Channel tv made it sound like there were some serious developments into Adrians whereabouts the way the reporter was standing there in St Lawrence. A reward is of course a good thing though.

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