GPD still searching for Omar Gibson

He has been missing a little more than a year


Omar Jabree Gibson's information is displayed on the wall during a town hall meeting hosted last year by the Gainesville Police Department.

Matt Stamey/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 4:32 p.m.

It's been a little more than a year since Omar Jabree Gibson disappeared, but Gainesville Police officials say they are not giving up hope that he will be found.

Gibson, who would be 27 now, was last seen at the Palms at Brook Valley apartments at 1101 NW 39th Ave. He is described as being around 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. His last known address is 1107 SE 20th St.

His car, a 2003 Honda Accord, was found on July 27 outside of the apartment complex.

"We are still following up leads. One of the detectives this week went out on a lead. They are still trickling in, and we are following through on each one of them," said Sgt. Tscharna Senn. "He's classified as a missing person, and we are hoping that he is still alive. Obviously, somebody knows something they are not telling us. We're just trying to figure out who that person is."

The Facebook site "Bring Omar Gibson Home" noted the anniversary recently of Gibson's disappearance.

"It's been 1 whole year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8,748 hours since Omar was last seen. When will someone come forward and help Bring him Home?" a post said.

Chanae Jackson-Baker, a close family friend who runs the Facebook page, said a candlelight vigil is being planned for the near future.

"There is still hope. You see so many other stories where people have been missing for decades and they pop back up," said Jackson-Baker. "The family doesn't know what to do. His mom, who lives in Orlando, is constantly in tears. He has children, and we have to tell them that we don't know what happened to their dad. His brother has been having a difficult time."

Police say Maurice Marsalis Terry, who was arrested in September on a drug conspiracy charge, was the last person to see Gibson.

Terry's arrest report states that Terry and Gibson planned to buy about three pounds of cocaine from someone in the Palms at Brook Valley.

Terry told police, according to the report, that the plan was for Gibson to make the buy and then take the cocaine to Terry, who was waiting at nearby Stephen Foster Elementary School on a bike.

Terry was then to ride on back streets to his home with the cocaine. The transfer of the cocaine was a way to avoid a potential robbery of Gibson.

However, Terry told police that Gibson never showed up.

Cindy Swirko is a Gainesville Sun staff writer.

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