Help us Find
Tuesday Aug 22nd: Volunteers needed for searches and flyering between the hours of 9:30am and 8:30pm. Please try to arrive at 9:30am, 1pm or 6pm for a shift.
Volunteer Headquarters is in a new location: 8908-99th St (above the IGA). Please use the updated flyer for any new posters or correct the address before posting. The phone number is unchanged (909-1357).
Were you at the party in Queen Elizabeth Park on
Sun (Aug13) night? Please contact us.
Edmonton police dispatch:
(780) 423-4567: for tips/leads which seem to be certain evidence of Robert. If you come
across anything which appears to be certain evidence of Robert, keep
your space and protect the site so as not to contaminate the area.
Volunteers wanted for ground searches, flyering between 9:30 a.m. and 5pm
To share information: please make sure your tips are specific in
location, description, time. If your tip is very urgent, phone
the police. Otherwise, to reach us please keep your tips to office
(tips/leads 10am - 5pm)
(tips/leads 10am - 5pm)
Home Headquarters (Barrington Leigh home):
Press and police only
General, urgent information. Please send tips/leads to above numbers.
You can reach us
at (this is an email address; you will have to type it, replacing the stars with an "@"):
- family ** _ findrobert . ca (thoughts, wishes for Barrington Leigh family)
If you would like to be
on an email list
to keep abreast of developments, send an
email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
your efforts through the Volunteer Headquarters (see below)
What can I do?
We are also looking for donations:
- billboard or other ad space
- small/medium refrigerator for office
- people with press and writing skills to form a small press
team: writing press releases and updates
- someone with multimedia skills
- stand by for possible large volunteer searches
- media contacts in nearby towns and other cities --
Vancouver, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, etc
- spread the word by email: within and beyond Edmonton
- information!! Call the police with tips at (780)
Monetary donations for
advertising, reward, a private investigator/consultant, communications, and
transportation can be made at:
Royal Bank of
number: 5213145 (routing number 04509-003)
account: John Barrington Leigh in trust for Find Robert
or via PayPal to
funds remaining after Robert is found will be donated to agencies/organizations
devoted to finding missing persons
Thank you for all the
generosity you have shown. We have a phenomenal community!
Tuesday August 22nd:
While the Police are focussing on the investigation, they have encouraged us to keep searching.
Our volunteer ground
search effort will begin earlier, meeting
at 9:30am at the NEW Volunteer Headquarters (see above).
Waves of search crews will depart at 9:30am, 1pm and 6pm. Please bring along a pen and paper to take notes and wear long pants & close-toed shoes. Bring
snacks. There will be less strenuous search areas as well as steep slopes
to choose from, and some new targeted fliering.
20 yrs old
weight: slim (140-155 lbs)
short brown hair
(the previously described faint British accent is not consistant in
short-sleeved button-down shirt (Ben Sherman brand)
blue jeans (Blend brand)
brown leather shoes
grey-blue MEC fleece jacket
blue MEC backpack with purple trim
blue bike helmet (Louis Garneau)
Watch similar to Casio
AW43-7E1V, metalic Gray
photos of Robert
BICYCLE: ( additional photos here)
medium-blue Raleigh “Cliffhanger”, no suspension
road tires similar to Kenda K154
headlight (Cateye HL500,
dark purple case, 2 "C" batteries)
red taillight (Cateye)
extra high seat (long seat post)
U-lock holder (but no lock)
Case: one thick white low ankle sock with light brown writing,
ribbing and toes
The mechanical pencil and notebook were found at
home so they were not with Robert when he left.
"He's smart, happy, and has a bright future"
-John Barrington Craggs,
"We expect him to go on to graduate
studies at one of the world's top universities, and to have a
Bierstone, one of Robert's math professors,
We last saw Robert at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night, August 13th,
when he left his home at 85th avenue and 98th street on his bike to
look at the Folk Festival. He knew he
could not get in to the show, but we understood he planned to view it
from the outside and
then come home. The festival ended about half past 11pm And at 11:30pm
Robert made a text message to a friend on his cell
phone. He has not been seen or heard from since.
As far as we can determine from friends and family, he
was very happy.
ROBERT LAST SEEN:
Sunday 13 Aug at 10:30 p.m. heading to Folk Festival on bike, probably
through the Mill Creek Ravine and Cloverdale
PRINT OUT A POSTER, and copy/distribute/post it.
You can also pick these up at
Headquarters or Search Headquarters (see above)
- [Updated with reward info, new phone numbers, new Volunteer HQ address]
(some archived posters)
(Below are fragments of what has happened -- bits we've had time to write down ..)
Monday August 21st:
effort and large donations of equipment and supplies went into setting
up the new Volunteer Headquarters. Robert's close friends,
a crew of firefighters, and other volunteers continued search efforts
from 11:30am until 5pm. A volunteer video crew began filming a
30-second video spot which included a reinactment of Robert sending a
text message. Expanded press coverage across Canada continues.
Look for in-studio interview on Canada A.M. on Tuesday morning.
Continued flyering brought our total to approx 25,000 flyers and
Sunday Aug 20th:
started at 11:30am with one of the largest turnouts yet. Search areas
included Goldbar Park and other locations. In addition to ground
searches, a remote controlled plane provided aerial photographs and some
searchers kayaked along the river. Flyering continued around town and
across the country.
Volunteer Headquarters moved to its new location on 99th in the afternoon.
Saturday August 19:
The police told us to keep the search going!
Today we had a great effort by you all. By 11:30 pm at least 90 of you
showed up at the volunteer headquarters and were briefed by Janet under
the eyes of the press cameras. We covered some strategic
in the river valley. We also made a composite map showing all
areas searched, all areas flyered and areas we still need to cover.
Also, there was a mobilisation of friends' networks at campuses across
the country: UBC, University of Toronto, ....
Friday August 18:
- 11:30 a.m.: Volunteers met at Police Command to search
and McKenzie ravines. Police-organized ground search wrapped up at 4
p.m. as the investigation broadened.
- In the afternoon, a number of Robert's close friends
(Police approved!) search effort by bicycle along targeted areas of the
- Volunteer fliering continued all day
- Police investigation continued
- The Find Robert campaign issued a national press release in
afternoon to 700 news agencies in Canada. The story has been picked up
by newspapers across the country. Numerous interviews with TV, radio,
and newspapers were conducted throughout the day.
Thursday August 17:
- 11:30 a.m.: Organized search began (over 100 volunteers
before the 6:00 p.m. call-out)
- 11:30 a.m.: Organized fliering (pedestrians and
vehicles) began for noon traffic
- Searching continued until 2 p.m.
- 2:00 p.m.: Edmonton Police
have taken over command of ground search activities and have stepped up
- 6:00 p.m.: 135 volunteers gathered at the new Police
Command Centre and conducted a search and door-to-door visits and
Wednesday 16 August:
Progress: Today, further, huge media coverage on all stations/papers.
Police began investigations. They also flew Air 1 helicopter.
community support of all kinds continues. We still need more searchers.
It is critical that we find Robert, whatever shape he is in, as fast as
possible. There is no sign yet.
MEET TODAY AT 1 P.M. FOR SEARCHING AND
POSTER DISTRIBUTION AT:
8009-102 Street (Specialty Installations
We need help putting up posters, continuing search, and getting in
touch with media...
Major continued search effort starts at 1:00 PM today. Call
leave your contact information.
Search HQ will be a business office at 8009-102 St. General
headquarters are still at our home, 9820-85th ave.
Tuesday 15 August :
a large number (well over 50) of
friends and community gathered to
conduct a search of the Mill Creek ravine and nearby river valley.
The 23:00 evening news on Global covers the search as its headline news (see video on this page).
Robert is about to start his last undergraduate year at the University
of Toronto. He has been in the news in the past under more
favorable circumstances: e.g.:
Robert has two parents, three siblings, and additional family members
the search in Edmonton.
A collection of media video, audio, and print from across the country has been archived.