File # 2011-3149
Thu Apr 30 11:30:00 PDT 2015

The Cranbrook RCMP are continuing their investigation of a missing person investigation where foul play is suspected. On the 30th day of April, 2011, a report was received from a family member that David Robert COX had not been heard from for a few weeks.

Photo of David COX

An investigation commenced where it was learned that COX was last seen on April 6, 2011, in the presence of another male.

The Cranbrook RCMP continues to investigate the disappearance and is appealing to the public in an attempt to gather information that may assist in locating COX.

In the past four years, the Cranbrook RCMP have worked with other police forces and agencies and have followed up a number leads which have not resulted in locating COX.

At the time of his disappearance David COX was 27 years old, 175 cm (5’9), 68 kg (150 lbs), with brown hair and brown eyes.

Photo of David's parents, Jan and Bob

The attached video clip contains an interview with David's parents, Jan and Bob Cox.  They will not be providing any further interviews, and ask the media to respect their privacy at this time.

Jan and Bob COX issue plea regarding their son David Cox.
  • Transcription

    Bob: You know that David was adopted you know.

    [Screen shot:

     David Robert Cox
    Last seen on April 15, 2011
    27 years old
    175 cm (5'9)
    68 kg (150 lbs)
    Brown hair and brown eyes
    If you have information please contact the General Investigation Section of the Cranbrook RCMP at 250 489-3471. You can also call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.]

    Bob:  For anybody that doesn’t know, and he was just so happy just to get out with us and go for a walk and because and he had been kind of not having those opportunities in, in the place he was being fostered. So, you know, you could just see that he had a love of the outdoors, kind of being in the outdoors even at that stage and that was something that he maintained throughout his life despite you know, the issues.

    Jan: My mom died praying for him. She passed away four years ago. She was, you know, she knew David was missing but she passed away about three months after David went missing and she, she had him in her heart every single day.

    The thousands of hours that we spent on the phone an creeping through the Facebook and looking for that one connection that maybe police just don’t have the time to look for. Or one person that you remember a name from the past and you managed to hunt for them, and that’s a daily thing for us. And if he was, you know, if we could bring him home and bury our son, then we would at least be able to remember him and just say, There it is. You know what happens, and if they every figure out what happens, then that’s, that’s the RCMP’s job and they are doing a great job of that.

    But for us, for me and I don’t know about Bob, it just would be about, such a kind of, I don’t like the word closure, ‘cause I don’t think that you close the life of a son, but I do know that we would just be able to say, Forget about anybody he knew, or anybody who knew someone else. (indecipherable) say It’s our son, and he was a great person and we loved him and …

    Bob: I’d just like to know … that he’s been laid to rest.

    (Interviewer: And if there’s someone out there has that information what would you say to them?)

    Jan: Well, in the first …

    Bob: Help, help us.

    Jan: Yeah. Help us.

    Bob: Please?

    Jan: Yeah. I just can’t you know, in the first year there was you know, some, you know some worry that maybe it a fearful situation for someone who knew something, but I can’t believe in four years that peop-, the few people that David knew in that area haven’t been somewhere like a vacation or a concert or travel, that they couldn’t have gone to a pay phone in an arena or a bar or any place and called Crime Stoppers and left a tip, you know? I just can’t, that-that’s what I would say. Are you that person? People travel outside of the Kootenays’s you know? They go places, they, they could have called on an anonymous line. Just one little clue to tell investigators where David is.

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If you have information please contact the General Investigation Section of the Cranbrook RCMP at 250 489-3471. You can also call Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Cpl. Bob Potter
NCO i/c General Investigations Section
Cranbrook RCMP


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