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Car found in lake raises hopes 18-year mystery of missing dad will be solved

PSNI divers recover man’s vehicle in huge breakthrough, writes Ralph Riegel

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Discovery: A car owned by Michael ‘Tony’ Lynch was found in Lough Corradilar near Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick

Discovery: A car owned by Michael ‘Tony’ Lynch was found in Lough Corradilar near Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick

Discovery: A car owned by Michael ‘Tony’ Lynch was found in Lough Corradilar near Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick

The discovery of a rusted, mud-covered Mitsubishi car in a Co Fermanagh lake has offered hope that an 18-year mystery about a missing Monaghan-based father of four can finally be solved.

Michael 'Tony' Lynch (54) vanished without trace in 2002. No clue as to what happened to him was found until an astonishing discovery last weekend when members of the public noticed "an anomaly" in Lough Corradilar, by Upper Lough Erne, near Lisnaskea in Co Fermanagh.

Gardaí have now confirmed that PSNI divers, in a painstaking operation, recovered the white Mitsubishi Galant owned by Mr Lynch from the lake.