FLOYD, Va. (WFXR) — The Floyd County Sheriff’s Office says a West Virginia man is facing a murder charge after a 2014 missing person’s case was upgraded to a homicide investigation.
On Aug. 29, 2014, Floyd County authorities say they investigated a request for a welfare check on Lick Ridge Road in Check.
The caller reportedly advised that she had not heard from her father, 65-year-old Robert James Langhorne Gibbons, in several days.
When deputies responded to the residence, they were unable to locate Gibbons. That same day, the sheriff’s office says Gibbons was officially reported as missing by his daughter.
However, during a yearly review of unsolved cases, officials say they found new information in August 2020.
After following up on a tip, the sheriff’s office requested the assistance of the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Division with the search of a property on Lick Ridge Road.
According to authorities, search uncovered what appeared to be human remains in a shallow grave. The remains were then sent to the Western Office of the Virginia Department of Forensic Science in Roanoke for identification.
Officials say the department’s examination determined the remains belonged to Gibbons.
On Wednesday, March 17, the sheriff’s office announced 33-year-old Robert Joseph Gibbons of Snowshoe, West Virginia, has been taken into custody and charged with murder.
He is reportedly being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail.