Body of missing man Richard Gibbons found in Poole woodland

Body of missing Poole man Richard Gibbons found in woodland

Body of missing Poole man Richard Gibbons found in woodland

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POLICE hunting for missing man Richard Gibbons have recovered human remains from woodland in Poole.

The grim discovery was made at Bourne Valley Park, between Evering Avenue and Berkeley Avenue, at the weekend.

The coroner has been informed and inquiries are now underway to officially establish the identity of the body.

Police have been in contact with his family. 

Richard's daughter Rachel said: “We've had a lot of people helping us from the start and we'd like to thank them all. I know they are feeling it for us.

"We'd also like to thank the Bournemouth Echo, not all media has been as helpful. You're the only ones that when we've asked you have done something to help.”

The Daily Echo ran a series of stories highlighting the search for Mr Gibbons, and asking for anyone with information to come forward, after his disappearance last spring.

The family also launched an online Facebook appeal for information.

Rachel said: “This is a lot to take in so now we just want our privacy and time to grieve. It's just been a rollercoaster of emotion, as this is not the first time we've thought a body was my dad. We've gone through many DNA tests. This is a match, but we're still a bit in denial.”

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances.

Mr Gibbons, 54, a father-of-six, grandfather of 14 and great-grandfather of two, went missing from his Alderney home on April 18 last year.

He had not been seen since but his family never gave up hope of finding him safe and well.

His granddaughter, Layla Fossey, seven, made an emotional appeal for his return at Christmas.

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10:41am Mon 17 Feb 14

Lucy28 says...

So sorry to read this, thinking of your family rest in peace Richard
So sorry to read this, thinking of your family rest in peace Richard Lucy28
  • Score: 37

10:54am Mon 17 Feb 14

delta3 says...

My thoughts go out to all of his family. RIP Richard
My thoughts go out to all of his family. RIP Richard delta3
  • Score: 31

11:16am Mon 17 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

I don't know Richard, but I do know several of his daughters and grandchildren. So, so sorry to hear this news.

May be RIP and his family find closure.
I don't know Richard, but I do know several of his daughters and grandchildren. So, so sorry to hear this news. May be RIP and his family find closure. we-shall-see
  • Score: 22

11:28am Mon 17 Feb 14

Kinzy says...

I didn't know Mr Gibbons nor do I really know his children but I'm absolutely gutted for them. Have been following his daughters Facebook page for a while and honestly never gave up hope that he'd be found safe and well.

R.I.P
I didn't know Mr Gibbons nor do I really know his children but I'm absolutely gutted for them. Have been following his daughters Facebook page for a while and honestly never gave up hope that he'd be found safe and well. R.I.P Kinzy
  • Score: 27

12:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

yasinac says...

Seeing the love and devotion to their dad through their Facebook page I am heartbroken that the outcome is so sad. RIP Richard, you have so obviously left a gaping hole in the fabric of your family. I'm sure he's left all the best bits of himself in his children and grandchildren.
Seeing the love and devotion to their dad through their Facebook page I am heartbroken that the outcome is so sad. RIP Richard, you have so obviously left a gaping hole in the fabric of your family. I'm sure he's left all the best bits of himself in his children and grandchildren. yasinac
  • Score: 37

12:38pm Mon 17 Feb 14

mungobean says...

Broke my heart when I saw the post on Facebook Saturday night. My thoughts are with all the family and friends. I never knew Richard but have been sharing his details regularly in the hope that someone had seen him. I can't begin to imagine how you get over something like this so I hope the family are given all the love and support they need at this terribly sad time. Rest In Peace Richard xx
Broke my heart when I saw the post on Facebook Saturday night. My thoughts are with all the family and friends. I never knew Richard but have been sharing his details regularly in the hope that someone had seen him. I can't begin to imagine how you get over something like this so I hope the family are given all the love and support they need at this terribly sad time. Rest In Peace Richard xx mungobean
  • Score: 24

1:15pm Mon 17 Feb 14

1hunni1 says...

R.I.P So sad to hear this result as been following on Facebook and was so hoping that a better outcome would of come of this sad story .My thoughts and love goes out to all his family and close friends can not get over this awful :-( xx
R.I.P So sad to hear this result as been following on Facebook and was so hoping that a better outcome would of come of this sad story .My thoughts and love goes out to all his family and close friends can not get over this awful :-( xx 1hunni1
  • Score: 12

6:16pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Tarquins says...

How terrible, my hearts had a flutter at finding this news. RIP and condolences to all Richards family and friends as I know things like this effect many.
How terrible, my hearts had a flutter at finding this news. RIP and condolences to all Richards family and friends as I know things like this effect many. Tarquins
  • Score: 9

8:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

hamworthygirl says...

Really sad to read this my heart goes out to the family RIP Richard
Really sad to read this my heart goes out to the family RIP Richard hamworthygirl
  • Score: 7

8:42pm Mon 17 Feb 14

GAHmusic says...

So sorry to hear about Richard, I always hope missing people will be found safe when I see it reported here. My condolances
So sorry to hear about Richard, I always hope missing people will be found safe when I see it reported here. My condolances GAHmusic
  • Score: 7

7:26am Tue 18 Feb 14

Afcbpete says...

Very, very sad indeed... My condolences to his family and friends... RIP Richard!!
Very, very sad indeed... My condolences to his family and friends... RIP Richard!! Afcbpete
  • Score: 6

8:31am Sat 1 Mar 14

christina sosseh says...

I was Richards first wife. myself and my family and friends in Greenock, Port Glasgow where Richard lived when he was young before we moved to Milton Keynes in England were sad to hear of his death. As are friends in Milton Keynes. We all have fond thoughts of him. We had mass said for him in Greenock as he had been brought up a catholic. He will now be reunited with his mother and father.
my thoughts go out to sandy and her children on his death.
I was Richards first wife. myself and my family and friends in Greenock, Port Glasgow where Richard lived when he was young before we moved to Milton Keynes in England were sad to hear of his death. As are friends in Milton Keynes. We all have fond thoughts of him. We had mass said for him in Greenock as he had been brought up a catholic. He will now be reunited with his mother and father. my thoughts go out to sandy and her children on his death. christina sosseh
  • Score: 4

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