Police investigate if Jordan jumped from ferry for a £100 bet?
THE brother of missing teenager Jordan Cobb has spoken of the family's desire for "closure" – as police revealed the teenager may have jumped from the Torpoint Ferry for a £100 bet.
Another full day of searching passed yesterday without any news, more than ten days after the 16-year-old disappeared.
Jordan's brother, Lee Cobb, speaking as police revealed the teenager may have jumped from a ferry for a £100 bet, said he accepted the search could not go on forever.
He said: "I think everyone is coping in their own individual way.
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"It's hard, it's getting to the point now where we just want some closure.
"It's such a difficult situation for everyone. It's like looking for a needle in a haystack. But we have got to stay positive, which everyone seems to be doing.
"We had a briefing earlier in the week and we thought they were going to call off the search, but if anything they seemed to have intensified it.
"We can't fault anyone. The police, the MoD, the RNLI, even the volunteers going out there and looking for him. It's unbelievable."
Yesterday Detective Inspector Nick West shed new light on the moments leading up to Jordan's disappearance.
"There are numerous lines of enquiry," he said. "One strand that has been talked about is that this may have been a tragic prank.
"There is information from within the group that this is about a challenge. Someone in the group has bet Jordan some money that he can jump into the Tamar and swim ashore. Obviously it's gone tragically wrong.
"We do understand that the figure of about £100 has been discussed, but that hasn't been confirmed.
"Somebody out there knows that was the case and knows that was the discussion they had with Jordan and others on that night and we would appeal to those to come forward.
"We do believe from eyewitness accounts that he did surface and then disappear from people's view, and in these tragic circumstances we're hoping that he managed to swim ashore and is hiding from his family and the police, maybe because he is embarrassed about the overall situation. That would be an excellent outcome."
Police are still trying to contact a number of the people who were with Jordan at the time.
"We're probably 95 per cent complete on our activity in relation to speaking and securing eyewitness accounts," DI West said. "But there are still a few people that were with Jordan on the night who haven't come forward and haven't given us a full account of what took place, and I would appeal to them to make contact with the police and be open, frank and honest about what happened that night and any reasons why Jordan would have jumped off the ferry into the Tamar."
Lee today paid fresh tributes to his brother, describing him as "one of a kind."
He said: "He was such a lovely lad, he has got so many friends, he will be remembered by them forever.
"Whatever happens we will always miss him.
"One day we will all have to move on. You can't expect it [the search] to go on forever, but it's nice that people do still care."
The last time Lee saw his brother was on the night he disappeared.
"I gave him a lift to his friend's house and he was just the usual Jordan, making me laugh, coming out with silly comments," he said.
"He was even giving me, his 25-year-old brother, relationship advice.
"It's nice that my last memory of him is a funny one. All of my memories of Jordan are of him making me laugh."
Police Sergeant Colin Marshall, who is leading the search, said: "The quiet determination that has been shown to try and find Jordan and take him home to his loved ones is testament not only to the fact that this tragedy has touched a large number of people, but also to the professionalism displayed by the partner agencies involved.
"As long as Jordan is missing there will be someone looking for him."
Speaking ahead of yesterday's search, Detective Superintendent Keith Perkin added: "I want to thank the coast guard, the RNLI, the police and the MoD for all their search efforts and I know that if Phil and Donna [Jordan's parents] were here they would like to thank you too.
"As long as Jordan is missing the MoD, the police and the coast guard will be out looking for him. Today is certainly not the final act."
An online fund, which will be handed to the Cobb family next month, has now raised more than £1,500.