‘Help me find my
missing husband’

Police searching the River Esk around the upper harbour for missing man Ian Gibbon''w135305a
Police searching the River Esk around the upper harbour for missing man Ian Gibbon''w135305a

The distraught family of a Whitby man who has been missing from home for 12 months have issued a New Year appeal.

For the first time since Ian Gibbon disappeared on December 27 last year, his wife Charlene Gibbon has spoken publicly about her husband and her heartache.

Ian is thought to have left the family home at Stainsacre at around 10pm that night.

His car was found later parked up on Larpool Lane near the viaduct.

An extensive search was carried out in the weeks following Ian’s disappearance yet there has still been no trace of the father of four.

On the anniversary of the family man’s shock disappearance she told the Gazette: “We are desperate to find Ian and his children are missing him terribly.

Police searching the River Esk around the upper harbour for missing man Ian Gibbon''w135305d

Police searching the River Esk around the upper harbour for missing man Ian Gibbon''w135305d

“We want to know where he is and that he is all right –the not knowing is awful. If anyone has any information, no matter how small, can they get in touch with the police or the Missing Person’s bureau.

Charlene paid tribute to the people and organisations that took part in the searches last year.

She added: “I would really just to like thank all that were involved in the search last year from the RNLI, Coastguard and Mountain Rescue crew, friends and family for all their hard work and effort in trying to find Ian.”

After discovering Ian’s car the police widened the search to Scarborough and also looked into the possibility that he may have taken a taxi to Middlesbrough in the early hours of Saturday 28 December 2013 but it was later ruled out when the driver came forward.

Police gather on Church Street during the search for missing man Ian Gibbon

Police gather on Church Street during the search for missing man Ian Gibbon

In the days following his disappearance police teams scoured the area around the River Esk including the woods. On New Year’s Eve last year they searched a stretch scoured a stretch of water from the viaduct to Whitby harbour in a dinghy using specialist search equipment.

There was a renewed search after something was spotted on the West Cliff near the beach. The local Coastguard team searched the area by torch light for further clues but it turned out to be a piece of seaweed.

He is described as white, around 5ft 6in tall, with a medium build, short black hair, brown eyes and a pale complexion.

At the time of his disappearance it is believed Ian was wearing blue jeans, a dark green hooded top and brown Adidas trainers.