Specialist Police dogs, WightSAR and HM Coastguard are conducting another search of the Luccombe area today (Tuesday) in a bid to locate missing London man, Robbie Gibson.
On the afternoon of Monday 13th June 2016, 45-year-old Robert Gibson left his home in Gipsy Hill, Norwood. At 18:45 on the same day Police received a confirmed sighting of Robert – known as Robbie – catching the Wightlink catamaran from Portsmouth to Ryde. He is then believed to have boarded a train at Ryde Pier Head towards Shanklin before visiting the Shanklin Co-Operative store for groceries.
Robbie has not been seen since that day in June, despite significant searches and a country-wide appeal.
On 16th January a very public and extensive 3-day search was undertaken of the coastal path through Luccombe between Shanklin and Ventnor, however no new evidence relating to Mr Gibson’s disappearance was found.
Now, search teams including 4 specialist mainland dog units are back at Luccombe conducting a further search of the remote area in a bid to locate Mr Gibson’s body. They will be searching until midday tomorrow (Wednesday).
Robert is described as white, 6ft tall, of slim build with grey/silver hair. He wears black rimmed Prada glasses. He was last seen wearing a blue/grey T-shirt with green/brown khaki trousers.
Detective Sergeant John Stirling, from Newport CID, has previously said:
“Robert has been missing for a number of months now, and we are still keen to trace his steps.
“He was last seen in Co-op in Shanklin, and is known to enjoy coastal walks. We know that the coastal path near Luccombe Road is a particular route Robert has walked in the past during trips to the Isle of Wight”.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call Det Sgt John Stirling on 101, quoting 44160231297, or contact the charity Missing People on 116000.