Officers from Hampshire Constabulary have been carrying out a search on the Luccombe Road coastal path, Shanklin, in connection with a missing person investigation. The family of the missing man have slammed the Police and said that they have taken too long in acting to search for their missing loved one.
At 3pm on Monday, June 13 2016, Robert Gibson, 45, left his home in Gipsy Hill, Norwood, Greater London, and was seen later that day in the Co-operative store on Central Hill, Gipsy Hill.
Police received a confirmed sighting of Robert at 6.45pm that day catching the catamaran from Portsmouth to Ryde, Isle of Wight.
He is then believed to have boarded a train at Ryde Pier Head towards Lake and Shanklin.
Hampshire Constabulary officers, with the assistance of the dog unit and specialist officers brought over from the mainland have been searching a wooded area in Shanklin. Officers will be searching for the next couple of days.
Family of the popular missing man have slammed the efforts and have said that its too little too late.
In addition to the search,Police are re-appeal for anyone who has any information regarding Robert’s whereabouts.
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, 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.
“Officers have chosen to search the area now as it was too overgrown during the summer months when Robert was reported missing.
“We hope this search will provide us with additional evidence which may help us trace Robert.”
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.