Robert Hal JACOB

Missing person - Robert Jacob




Robert Hal Jacob was last seen between 28-30 November 2015 in the Woden Valley area, ACT. His daughter reported him missing on 3 December 2015 after not hearing from her father over the preceding weeks. His lack of contact is considered out of character.

Robert has never owned a phone and lives alone. He frequents inner city public places and is most familiar with that area. Robert also had recent medical problems with his heart and lungs.

If you have information that may assist police to locate Robert please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Police fear for welfare of missing Canberra man Robert Jacob

Police hold grave concerns for a Lyons man missing for more than a week.

Robert Jacob, 56, was last seen walking from the Westfield Woden Shopping Centre on Melrose Drive in Phillip on Sunday, November 30.

He had earlier been seen at the Civic bus interchange in the City.

Police are appealing for the community's help in locating Mr Jacob.He is described as Caucasian in appearance, around 179cm tall with a slim build and short brown hair.

Anyone who may have seen a man matching the description above or who may know the whereabouts of Mr Jacob should contact police on 131 444.

Please quote reference number 5890168.

Police receive tip-offs about location of missing man


ACT Policing have received unconfirmed reports a missing Lyons man was seen as recently as Tuesday.

Robert Jacob, 56, has officially been missing since he was seen walking away from the Westfield Shopping Centre in Phillip on Monday, November 30.

Detective Sergeant Shane Scott said police have received several leads regarding Mr Jacob's location through public tip-offs.

He said the missing man was not in trouble.

"Mr Jacob does have some health concerns," Detective Sergeant Scott said.

"Those people in those communities might actually know about where Mr Jacob's whereabouts are and we want them to come forward as well."

He said Mr Jacob's family was concerned for his welfare.

"He's quite transient in his movements about the ACT," Detective Sergeant Scott said.

"He's been seen in locations from south side to north side on a regular basis previously.

"So he might actually be staying with a friend or just hiding out for a period of time to have some time by himself.

"But we really need him to make contact with us."

Mr Jacob is slim with short brown hair and is about 179cm tall.

Robert Jacob's family issues fresh plea to find Lyons man missing since November

Five and a half months after Robert Jacob was last seen leaving a Canberra shopping centre, his family remains without answers about his whereabouts.

The family has issued a fresh plea to the public calling for information over the Lyons man's disappearance, calling for even the smallest piece of information that could help find him.

The 56-year-old was last seen walking from Westfield Woden on November 30 last year, though there were sightings in the weeks following the missing persons report.

Mr Jacob's sister, Kim Hayes said phone calls from the police about apparent sightings had dried up in recent months, leading the family to appeal again to the public for information.

She said Mr Jacob had led a transient life through Canberra, but a complete lack of contact was out of character.

"It's totally out of character for him not to be in touch with his daughters; he would always call in," she said.

"He hasn't just gone off into the bush."

The disappearance has left a devastating impact on the family, exacerbated by the prolonged period in which Mr Jacob has been missing.

"You go to bed thinking of him and you wake up thinking of him, it's been dreadful," Mrs Hayes said.

"Obviously it's been too long, we think he's passed on. We're just desperate for answers."

Mrs Hayes called on anyone with even the smallest piece of information that could help the search to contact police.

"Someone out there has to know something. It just seems as though he's been forgotten and he hasn't been."

Case officer Senior Constable Greg Ayton stressed Mr Jacob was not in trouble with police and said information could be given either in person or anonymously.

Mr Jacob mostly kept to Civic, the inner north and inner south, but Senior Constable Ayton said police had also followed up on information elsewhere in the ACT and interstate.

"We had numerous reports when we initially spoke to the media, but given that it's been six months people tend to forget that the story's out there," he said.

"Robbie does have some health concerns and a bit of a history of some substance abuse. He's not in any trouble from us, we just want to make sure he's OK and safe." 

Mr Jacob is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 179 centimetres tall with a slim build and short brown hair.

Anyone who saw a man matching the description above or who may know Mr Jacob's whereabouts can contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or police on 131 444 and quote reference number 5890168.

Sister of missing Canberra man Robert Jacob issues plea for information


The sister of a Canberra man who has not been seen for eight months has issued an emotional plea for his whereabouts at the start of National Missing Persons Week.

Robert Jacob was last seen walking away from the Westfield Shopping Centre in Woden in late November 2015, and was reported missing by his daughter days later.

Police began a public push for information soon after, however no trace of Mr Jacob has been found.

Investigators said Mr Jacob did not own a phone when he disappeared, and described his movements about Canberra as "transient", saying at first it was possible he was staying with friends.

He had also been in and out of hospital with heart and lung conditions.

Mr Jacob's sister Belinda Jacob said his bank account has not been accessed since mid-November.

"[At first] I thought maybe he's just disappeared for a while, because he used to sometimes just go away for a week, and then he'd just come back," she said.

"But when it progressed longer than two weeks, his eldest daughter thought that there was something wrong."

She said the toughest part about his disappearance was the lack of closure.

"It's a really terrible, empty feeling not knowing where he is," she said. "You feel like you're in no man's land."

Ms Jacob said she believed people knew about what had happened to her brother.

"He's a loved brother, uncle, cousin, grandfather, father, and friend to a lot of people so we just want to find him, or find out really what happened," she said.

"Somebody must know something. Somebody who's closer to him, who was [in Canberra] and hung around with him would have heard something through the grapevine."