Page last updated at 11:10 GMT, Monday, 19 October 2009 12:10 UK

New Cambodia search for lost son

Eddie Gibson
Eddie Gibson has not been heard from for five years

The father of a Sussex backpacker who vanished in Cambodia will return to the country on the fifth anniversary of his disappearance.

Eddie Gibson, 22, of Hove, went missing on 24 October 2004, a week before he was due to fly back to Britain.

His father Mike will be flying out to Phnom Penh to renew his appeal for information.

He said: "As long as there's some hope we're determined to find out what happened to Eddie."

It's inconceivable to us that someone out there doesn't know what happened to Eddie
Mike Gibson

Mr Gibson added: "It's unfinished business as far as we're concerned. We do want to find out what happened to Eddie, he's our son. Five years has gone by and we just won't give up until we find out.

"We do cope we get on with our lives. We've got two lovely other sons, but Eddie will always be in our minds.

"The scenario is that Eddie almost certainly is not alive. You never give up total hope that we could be wrong.

"We have had a lot of inquiries, ongoing inquiries, into his disappearance and some of them do point to the fact that he may have been murdered out in Phnom Penh.

"We hope not but we are determined not to let it go.

"Phnom Penh, its population would be bigger than Brighton but it's a bit like a village and it's inconceivable to us that someone out there doesn't know what happened to Eddie," he said.

"I've been in touch with the Cambodian Daily, it has an Irish editor who has been editor out there for a very long time. He said it is really very, very strange that nothing has come out, nothing has come forward and that is part of the purpose of the visit."

TV appeal

Eddie was three weeks into a combined Asian and Pacific studies and international management course at Leeds University when he decided to travel to the Far East.

Two weeks into his trip, Mr Gibson's mother received an e-mail telling her he would be flying home from Thailand a week later - but he never arrived.

Investigators have completed a picture of his movements only up to 23 October.

Detectives from Sussex Police went to Cambodia in July 2006 to work alongside officers there.

In 2007 his parents made a TV appeal in Cambodia and offered a £10,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.



Print Sponsor


SEE ALSO
New appeal over missing tourist
24 Oct 07 |  England
Parents offer reward in Cambodia
09 Jan 07 |  Southern Counties
Cambodia search for missing son
25 Oct 06 |  Southern Counties
Father returns to Far East search
26 Jul 06 |  Southern Counties
Detectives to help look for Eddie
22 Jun 06 |  Southern Counties
Father joins search for lost son
30 Nov 05 |  Southern Counties

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific