MISSING teenager Jordan Cobb may have been “bet” to jump from a ferry on New Years Eve, according to Police.
At a multi-agency briefing, Detective Inspector Nick West said:
“There are numerous lines of enquiry. 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 if you like, 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.”
“I can’t substantiate that through evidential statements at the moment, but somebody out there knows that 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.”
Jordan has been missing since he jumped from the Torpoint Ferry at around 9.10pm on 31st December 2012.
There are reports Jordan was bet just £100 to leap into the River Tamar just minutes from the Cornish side of the river.
He was travelling with friends to a New Year's Eve Street party in Torpoint.
Emergency services have been searching for Jordan since he went missing - with police, MoD police, coastguards, Dartmoor Search and Rescue, helicopters and divers scouring the river, the shoreline, Plymouth Sound and a number of bays and inlets around the Plymouth and Cornwall coast.
Jordan;s friends and family have also joined the search.
Police are still trying to contact a number of the people who were with Jordan at the time he jumped - scanning social media as one line of inquiry.
DI West said: "We do understand that the figure of about £100 has been discussed, but that hasn’t been confirmed. That’s one line of inquiry that we’re keeping an open mind on.”"
He added: “It is still a missing persons inquiry. Obviously, we will keep all hope that Jordan is out there alive and well.
"If this is a prank that’s gone not wrong, he’s jumped into the river and he’s embarrassed to the fact he’s caused all this commotion and all this activity, his friends’ involvement and his family’s distress – (if) he’s just hiding low somewhere, then I would appeal for him to come forward.
"As time goes by, we have to be realistic. We will never forget that he is missing. If this is a tragic act that’s gone wrong, then lessons need to be learned from it."
The search is continuing today, following a briefing this morning.
Chief Superintendent Chris Singer said: "The quiet determination that has been shown here 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.
"I’m sure, in due course, our efforts will be rewarded."