Winnipeg police are asking for the public’s help finding a 21-year-old man who has been missing for more than a year.
Robert (Bobby) Thomson was last seen on July 21, 2012 at the Liquor Mart in Osborne Village.
His friend Zack Verspeek said Bobby went to get beer but never came back.
For more than a year, police and Bobby’s family haven’t been able to locate him.
Now, officers say they have new information about what happened that night. They believe Bobby was with a man and woman at the store, but police do not know who they are.
“We are confident that there will be people who will be able to give us that information and that’s why we’re putting it out there today,” said Det. Sgt. Shauna Neufeld.
Bobby’s father, Robert Sr., issued an emotional plea at a police press conference on Thursday morning, urging anyone who knows where his son is to come forward.
“Somebody knows where Bobby is. We all know he didn’t disappear. Somebody knows what happened to him, and we need to find him” said Robert Sr., through tears. “We know in our hearts somebody knows what’s happened to him.”
His father said Bobby would never go this long without contacting his friends or family.
“Foul play is an option in this investigation. At this point in time, we’re not ruling anything out,” said Neufeld.
Verspeek had known Bobby since junior high and said Thomson could have gotten mixed up with the wrong people.
“He was totally just a kid from the country, and I think the inner city of Winnipeg kind of held onto him,” said Verspeek. “I really hope he’s alive and hopefully in B.C. like he told me he was going to be.”
Bobby is about five-foot-seven and 140 pounds with a slim build, brown hair and blue eyes. Before his disappearance he worked as a landscaper.
Police are asking anyone who may have spoken to or seen Bobby around the time of his disappearance or anyone who has information about where he might be is asked to contact officers at 204-986-6250.