Jordan Cobb's brother says not knowing is hardest as search goes on
THE BROTHER of missing teenager Jordan Cobb has described how tough it is not knowing what has happened to him.
Lee Cobb, 25, said his family had struggled to come to terms with the events of the past week since Jordan vanished after jumping off the Torpoint ferry on New Year’s Eve.
Lee said: “I think we have always got to have some sort of hope but it’s the not knowing that’s awful.”
Meanwhile, an online fund set up in honour of missing Jordan has raised more than £1,000 in just two days.
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Lee told The Herald he is amazed and touched by the generosity of the community.
“It’s unbelievable, they are just all such amazing people,” he said. “I can’t believe it. The scale of it is incredible.
“I turn on my computer and I just get flooded with messages, people offering their support and condolences, people donating and doing what they can.
“It’s more than I could have expected, let alone people going out searching. It’s unbelievable.”
Jordan was a Year 11 student at Stoke Damerel Community College, and enjoyed taking part in martial arts classes in his spare time.
Lee said: “He was amazing. He was just really fun-loving; he was just always on the go, always wanting to do stuff always out with his friends.
“We were partners in crime. I was his proper big brother, always getting him out of trouble.”
He added: “Everyone is finding it really difficult, but everyone is staying strong and supporting each other.”
On Saturday Jordan’s friends launched a website asking people to donate money, and as of last night the site had attracted more than 96 donations, raising a total of £1,039.
All of the money will be given to the Cobb family next month.
Jordan’s friend River Barrett, 15, who set up the site, said: “We have had people donating from £5 to £50.
“It is immense and we would like to say a massive thank you.
“I think it is amazing how people have come together. People who didn’t even know Jordan have come together to help find him.”
A special service was also held for Jordan at Devonport Church yesterday morning .
A statement on the church’s website said: “Many have been shocked and saddened by the disappearance of Jordan Cobb, who has gone missing after jumping from the Torpoint Ferry on New Year’s Eve.
“With this in mind, please can we pray for his family and his friends as they struggle to come to terms with what has happened.”
The search operation continued over the weekend, with teams from the police, MoD and RNLI scouring coastal areas.
Police search adviser Colin Marshall issued a renewed appeal to members of the public to stay safe.
“We are concerned that some of the areas we are searching are quite treacherous,” he said.
“We have got the risk of water and mud flats so we would prefer it if people did not search and left it to us.”