IT'S been 16 months of agony for the family of a city man missing since July 2012. On Thursday, emotions were high as Bobby Thomson's father issued a public plea for information about him.
"Somebody knows where Bobby is. We all know he didn't disappear," said Robert Thomson, his voice breaking.
Bobby Thomson, 21, is described as a free spirit and friendly guy who's always known to lend a hand.
He was working as a landscaper, living downtown and known to hang out in the Osborne Village area.
Police said it is out of character for Thomson to be gone this long without contacting his family.
He was last seen in person in the area of Broadway and Spence Street on July 20, 2012. However, new information obtained by police reveals he was at the Liquor Mart at 469 River Ave. in Osborne Village on July 21, 2012. He appeared to be in the company of a male and a female, who remain unidentified.
Police said Thursday they are short on leads.
"In this particular instance, we have very limited information," Det. Sgt. Shauna Neufeld said.
"We need the public's assistance to move this investigation forward."
That's why Robert Thomson, accompanied by his wife, made a heartfelt plea for the public's help.
"Somebody knows what's happened to him and we need to find him, so we can have closure," Thomson said. "Any clue, any lead, anything... please let us know, and we can settle this."
Neufeld said she is confident more information will come to light if someone comes forward.
She said the smallest details can make a difference in solving the case.
Neufeld read from a statement prepared by the Thomson family describing the experience as a nightmare with the fear of not knowing whether Bobby is alive or dead.
Police released an updated photo of Thomson that is believed to have been taken on July 21, 2012. Police would not confirm where the photo came from.
Police said foul play is not being ruled out.
Thomson is described as Caucasian, 5-7 tall, 140 pounds with a slim build, brown hair and blue eyes.
Police are asking anyone who may have had contact with Thomson or has any information regarding his whereabouts to contact the missing-persons unit at 204-986-6250.