Family's agony as search for Jordan Cobb is scaled down
THE BROTHER of missing teenager Jordan Cobb said his family would have to learn to cope with the police announcement that there was "little hope" he was still alive.
Lee Cobb, Jordan's older brother, was responding to the news that police were scaling down their efforts to find the 16-year-old, following 11 days of extensive searching.
Police have worked alongside the RNLI, the coastguard, and the MoD police scouring Plymouth's waters since the 16-year-old dived from the Torpoint Ferry into the River Tamar on New Year's Eve.
In addition, hundreds of members of the public – including friends of the Stoke Damerel Community College student – also scoured the shoreline on both sides of the River Tamar in an effort to find clues to the whereabouts of the teenager. On Thursday the multi-agency search, which included police divers, took advantage of the low tide to make further searches, but last night police announced it was unlikely the youngster was still alive.
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A police spokesman said: "Based on the time since he went missing, the last known sighting of him in the River Tamar on New Year's Eve and no information since, there is now little hope of finding Jordan alive."
Police said the coastguard and MoD launches would continue to search for Jordan during their daily patrols along the Tamar.
Jordan's brother, Lee Cobb, told The Herald: "It has been a long time now.
"We always said we have got to have hope, but I think for us it was more to find him so we could lay him to rest.
"We have to come to terms with it. From the minute we were told what had happened we were aware how serious it was.
"We just want some closure so we can start to mourn.
"The world moves on, we have to learn how to cope with it."
Det Insp Nick West, said the combined operation to find Jordan was "one of the biggest joint agency search operations of Plymouth's waters".
He said: "The search has included specialist search and dive officers, uniformed officers, MoD police launches, the coastguard and a helicopter team from RNAS Culdrose.
"In addition, a large number of volunteers from the RNLI have given their own time to carry out extensive daily searches.
"Add to that the large number of members of the public who have taken it upon themselves to search for Jordan, then this is possibly the biggest such search carried out for a missing person in the waters in and around Plymouth.
"Teams have searched far up the River Tamar and River Lynher and out into Plymouth Sound, across to Cawsand and even searches along Whitsand Bay.
"If any further information comes to light we will act upon it."