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Parents Of Missing Raleigh Businessman Want Answers

Posted June 14, 2004

— Life goes on at a Raleigh nail salon whose owner vanished 12 days ago. His mother and father now help run their son's business, along with his fiancee, and now they want answers.

On a Wednesday morning Wayne Gibbs walked out of the door to his nail salon, got into his truck, and left to get his employees lunch. Other than a quick stop at a local convenience store, he has not been seen or heard from since.

"We're just beside ourselves trying to find him and we want the public to help us in any way they can," said Ben Gibbs, Wayne's father.

"It's just almost more than I can bear," said Karen Gibbs, Wayne's mother.

Gibbs' parents said Wayne is a caring son and responsible business owner who is not likely to just take off.

"It's not like him to disappear. We're worried that something has happened to him, but we also just hope he's taken off," Ben Gibbs said.

One theory is that other nail salon owners may have been jealous of Gibbs' whirlwind success and wished him harm.

"I'm sure there was some jealousy among the other owners, but there were no threats made," Karen Gibbs said.

Raleigh police said they are looking at every angle.

"As time goes on and more and more time passes, it's more and more obvious that this is more than just a person who has decided to go away on his own," said Lt. John Lynch, of the Raleigh Police Department.

Police will not talk specifically about whether or not Gibbs received any threats. The family is offering a $10,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.

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