Britons Hope TV Show Will Help Find Missing Son

The parents of Eddie Gibson, the 19-year-old Briton who mysteriously disappeared in October 2004, returned to Cambodia on Sa­turday with a British television crew to retrace Eddie’s movements before he vanished and to again draw attention to the case of their missing son.

Mike Gibson, Eddie’s father, said in an interview on Tuesday that he hopes that the television footage, to be broadcast in May on ITV’s “Tonight With Trevor McDonald” in Britain, will en­cour­­age anyone who may have known his son in Cambodia to come forward.

“It’s a story about Eddie that will highlight the dangers of traveling without taking the proper precautions,” he said.

“[The visit] also gives us a chance to meet with the authorities and press our case.”

Mike Gibson added that Sok Phal, deputy national police commissioner, had agreed to meet with him and his wife, Jo Gibson, about their son’s disappearance in the coming days.

Contacted on Tuesday, Sok Phal said he was unaware of the planned meeting and was uncertain if there have been any developments in Eddie’s case.

On Jan 9, Eddie’s parents an­nounced a $20,000 reward for information leading to the safe recovery of their son during a news conference in Phnom Penh.

Mike Gibson said that although the reward had generated a large response from people claiming to know what had happened to his son, it did not bring in any reliable leads.

Although Eddie’s parents have lost all but a “flicker of hope” of finding their son alive, they plan to continue searching, Mike Gibson said.

“The important thing is to know what has happened to him.”

            (Additional reporting by Kay Kimsong)


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