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January 16, 2013
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Family of missing woman won't give up
Leighton Levy, star Writer

Annmarie Lynch - Contributed

It has been more than three weeks since Annmarie Lynch went missing on the island of St Maarten, and her family has all but given up hope that the 41-year-old salad chef, who vanished on December 22, 2012, is still alive. Police on St Maarten investigating the case are tight-lipped driving the frustrations of the missing woman's family and friends.

"We have accepted the fact that she is dead," said Sanya Bennett, Lynch's 24-year-old daughter, who flew into St Maarten on Saturday in search of her missing mother. "She would not go anywhere without telling anyone. Right now, we just want justice and some closure to the situation."

Lynch, who is also known as Suki, was last seen at about 10 p.m. on the night of December 22, as she left work at Pineapple Pete's, a popular restaurant on the island, where she worked as a salad chef for just over a year. Colleagues said her boyfriend, Valindo P Wallace, who is otherwise called Sarge, picked her up from work that night. However, when the Star spoke with Wallace two weeks ago, he denied picking Lynch up at work. He said he picked her up 'part-way' as she had called him and told him where she was going to be. He said he dropped her home and then went home. He was unable to say what time it was when he dropped her home. At the time he refused to reveal his name to the STAR.

When police searched Lynch's home after co-workers reported her missing, everything there was intact except for the clothes she was last seen at work in and her handbag. Since then, Lynch's landlord has had her things removed to storage as it has been almost month since she has been missing.

Bennett arrived in St Maarten on Saturday, a few days after her mother's sister Latoya and brother, Junior arrived on the island last week Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Since they arrived, Bennett said they have heard nothing new except for rumours. She said she spoke to the police yesterday, but they told her that they were unable to divulge anything for fear of compromising their investigations. "It sounds like they are on to something," Bennett said.

Meanwhile, Lynch's friends and co-workers conducted another search this past weekend, but like the first time they conducted a search in December, shortly after the salad chef from Negril went missing, they came up empty-handed.

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