According to the Star Bulletin an Indiana woman is asking that her husband be declared legally dead after not apparently not returning from a hike in Volcano Lands National Park. Tamara Lynch filed a missing-person report with the Warrick County Police Department in Indiana in June.
By June 12, she was “extremely anxious and upset” about her estranged husband’s welfare, so she checked his answering machine using a code she knew from before the separation. On it were messages from the Royal Kona Resort asking when Lynch planned to check out and take care of his bill.
She supplied the information to police, who found out Lynch had flown to Hawaii, rented a car and checked into the hotel. Police found Lynch’s car at the Evansville, Ind., airport and learned that he had not used his June 6 return ticket.
Police on the Big Island entered Lynch’s hotel room and said he had left with some personal items.
Officials at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park found Lynch’s rental car in the park.
Lynch’s father, Robert Lynch of Norwalk, Ohio, told the Hawaii Tribune-Herald he refuses to participate in efforts to have his son declared dead.