The Doe Network:
Case File 327DMUK


Simon Parkes
Missing since December 12, 1986 from Gibraltar, United Kingdom.

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Circumstances of Disappearance
Simon Parkes was a radio operator on HMS Illustrious when he disappeared on December 12, 1986, whilst on shore leave in Gibraltar. He spent his final evening in Gibraltar with some friends in the Horseshoe Bar. He left his friends saying he was going back to the boat but there has been no sign of him since that night.

According to Simon's friends and family, Simon was looking forward to spending Christmas with his family in Bristol and presents for them were found in his locker. Simon also left his passport on board.
Despite a 250-man search of the area there has never been any clue as to what happened to Simon.

Police in Gibraltar are investigating a possible link between the disappearance of Simon Parkes and killer Allan Grimson, who was serving on the ship at the same time. who was jailed for life at Winchester Crown Court on March 27 2001 for the murder of two young men. One of them was Nicholas Wright, a sailor from HMS Edinburgh who had disappeared in December 1997. His body and that of the other man - Sion Jenkins (20) - were found hidden in separate locations at the side of country roads in Hampshire.

Simon was last seen ashore in Gibraltar on 12th December 1986. Police believe the last sighting of him was probably outside The Hole in the Wall pub. Nicholas Wright and Sion Jenkins were last seen alive on the same date - 12th December 1997 and 1998 respectively.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
The National Missing Persons Helpline

Hampshire Police
0239 289 9065

Source Information:
National Missing Persons Helpline
Hampshire Police
News bbc 6/11/03

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