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VA ZULMA PABON: Missing from Midlothian, VA - 6 June 2014 - Age 26

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    Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Zulma L. Pabon, 26, of the 5300 block of Terrace Arbor Circle was reported missing by a co-worker.

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    NamUs MP # 24995
    Zulma Pabon
    Chesterfield County, Virginia
    26 year old white hispanic/latino female

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 24995

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Zulma
    Middle name Lexandra
    Last name Pabon
    Date last seen June 06, 2014 00:00
    Date entered 06/18/2014
    Age last seen 26 to years old
    Age now 30 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity Hispanic/Latino
    Sex Female
    Height (inches) 66.0 to 69.0
    Weight (pounds) 180.0 to 190.0

    City Midlothian
    State Virginia
    Zip code 23112
    County Chesterfield
    Zulma Pabon was reported missing by her employment when she didnt show up for work on June 9th, she was last seen on June 6, 2014 in the area of her residence. Pabon's vehicle was located on June 16, 2014 approximately 18 miles from the residence.

    Hair color Black
    Head hair

    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown
    Eye description

    No known distinctive body features

    Clothing and accessories are unknown

    Transportation Methods
    Vehicle make Nissan
    Vehicle model Altima
    Year 2009
    Style Sedan
    Vehicle color White
    Tag type
    Tag number JZN-1429
    Tag state Virginia
    Expiration year
    Vehicle comments
    Vehilce has been located unoccupied.

    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    Status: Sample submitted - Tests complete

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Corporal
    First name Chris
    Last name Humphries
    Phone 804-796-7011
    Case number Zulma
    Date reported June 09, 2014
    Jurisdiction County
    Agency Chesterfield Couty
    Address 1 PO Box 148
    Address 2
    City Chesterfield
    State Virginia
    Zip code 23832
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    Zulma Pabon murder trial: Prosecutors build case against boyfriend without body | WTVR.com

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    Friends say missing Chesterfield woman's relationship was on the rocks | WTVR.com

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    Police still searching for nurse missing from Chesterfield County

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    Zulma L. Pabon, 26, of the 5300 block of Terrace Arbor Circle was reported missing by a co-worker.


    5300 Terrace Arbor Cir, Midlothian, VA 23112
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    5300 Terrace Arbor Cir, Midlothian, VA 23112

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    Former Virginia Doctor Allegedly Killed Nurse Girlfriend Who Vanished Without a Trace in 2014

    Chris Harris
    March 16, 2017 01:37 PM

    A former Virginia doctor allegedly killed his nurse girlfriend, who vanished more than two years ago and hasn’t been seen since, PEOPLE confirms.

    But the attorney for 39-year-old John E. Gibbs tells PEOPLE the state has no evidence to support the charges, and that her client is merely the victim of overzealous investigators.

    Zulma Pabon, 26, was last seen alive on June 6, 2014, according to a statement from the Chesterfield County Police Department. The licensed practical nurse was leaving her job at Commonwealth Fertility and Women’s Health at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center.

    Detectives have been investigating Pabon’s disappearance ever since. This week, they revealed the missing person case had switched gears, becoming a “no-body homicide” investigation, the statement says.

    The statement says Gibbs, of Ashland, was indicted Monday by a grand jury, who were presented with new evidence developed by police that has not been made public.

    The former pain management doctor was arrested the following day with the assistance of the Massanutten Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

    “Investigators have concluded that Pabon is deceased, though her remains have not been recovered,” the statement adds. “This case is now classified as a death investigation, specifically a no-body homicide.”

    Police are not discussing the new evidence presented to grand jurors earlier this week. Court documents accessed by PEOPLE do not provide any additional insight into the investigation.

    Gibbs remains in police custody without bail and he has yet to enter a plea to the murder charge.

    Debra Corcoran, Gibbs’ attorney, tells PEOPLE the state’s case is weak.

    “They don’t have a body, they don’t have a motive, they don’t have a weapon, and they have no evidence to indicate a murder has occurred,” Corcoran says. “Ms. Pabon disappeared in 2014. Here we are in 2017, and Mr. Gibbs has not fled the area, he is a law-abiding citizen … That they are going to try him for a murder without a body and no supporting evidence is highly questionable.”

    Police say surveillance cameras captured footage of Pabon’s car leaving the couple’s condominium the morning after she was last seen alive. About 15 minutes later, those same cameras recorded Gibbs walking toward the couple’s home. Pabon’s car was later found parked along an interstate highway and was towed to a storage lot.

    Corcoran tells PEOPLE her client likes to take morning walks, and believes detectives have focused exclusively on him as a potential suspect in Pabon’s disappearance.

    “The local authorities had a knee-jerk reaction with Ms. Pabon’s disappearance and automatically assumed Mr. Gibbs must be responsible for her absence,” says Corcoran, who further addressed the state’s contentions her client has not cooperated with the investigation into what happened to his ex.

    “The Commonwealth has sent out a lot of press releases to that effect but what he has done is exercise his Fifth Amendment right,” his lawyer says. “He has a right to remain silent, no matter what. And that would be the most prudent course of action because no matter what he would say or do, he would be vilified by the Commonwealth.”

    Corcoran says she advised Gibbs to plead the Fifth and believes the state is attempting to poison the potential jury pool with its “highly inflammatory suggestions.”

    Corcoran tells PEOPLE that Gibbs was convicted of felony child neglect back in November. He had been charged months earlier with two counts of felony child neglect after Joseph, the 5-year-old son he’d had with Pabon, walked into a Costco store alone. One of the charges was dismissed.

    Corcoran acknowledges that her client did leave the child home alone for about 30 minutes while he attended a parent-teacher conference at Joseph’s school. His sentencing is scheduled for March 28, and Gibbs was ordered not to have any contact with his son, who is now living with Gibbs’ sister.

    Gibbs lost his position at Sheltering Arms Hospital in Midlothian, Virginia, after officers entered the hospital to handcuff him in late February 2016, she says.

    This is only the second time county police have filed murder charges against a suspect accused of killing someone whose body remains missing.

    Pabon’s relatives could not be reached for comment on Tuesday’s arrest.
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    Father charged with child neglect; Chesterfield mother, nurse still missing
    Thursday, February 25th 2016, 5:01 pm ESTThursday, February 25th 2016, 5:14 pm EST
    By Shawn Maclauchlan, Senior Digital Content Producer


    A Chesterfield doctor is under arrest, accused of child neglect. The child's mother, Zulma Pabon, has been missing for more than a year.

    Police arrested 38-year-old John Gibbs and charged him with two counts of felony child neglect.

    Police say the investigation indicates he neglected his five-year-old son. But that's all we know about the charges at this point.

    The mother of that five-year-old and a nurse, Zulma Pabon, disappeared in 2014. She was last seen leaving work at St. Francis Hospital in June of that year.

    Police have released a timeline of Pabon's disappearance and part of that included surveillance photos of John Gibbs walking back to the home that he and Zulma shared, just minutes after her car was seen leaving.

    That car was later found abandoned at a mobile home park. It's important to note Gibbs has not been called a suspect in Pabon's disappearance.

    Police have told us Thursday's charges are not related to Pabon's investigation. Gibbs is being held without bond.
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    March 15, 2017, 3:41 PM
    Virginia doctor charged with killing his long-missing girlfriend, nurse Zulma Pabon

    MIDLOTHIAN, Va. -- Chesterfield County police have arrested a physician in suburban Richmond, Virginia, after he was indicted for allegedly killing his girlfriend, who has been missing since 2014.

    The department said in a news release that officers arrested 39-year-old Dr. John E. Gibbs II of Ashland on Tuesday. Authorities say a grand jury indicted Gibbs Monday on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of 26-year-old Zulma Pabon.

    Investigators say Pabon, a nurse, was last seen on June 6, 2014, leaving her job at a hospital in the same complex where Gibbs worked. Officials said her boyfriend, Gibbs, didn’t report her missing and wasn’t cooperative with police, reports CBS affiliate WTVR.

    Police say detectives believe Pabon is dead, although her body has not been found. Investigators say the case is now classified as a no-body homicide.

    Gibbs appeared via video conference from jail in Chesterfield Circuit Court Wednesday morning, reports WTVR. His attorney, Debra Corcoran, told reporters outside court her client is innocent.

    Pabon’s sister, Yalitza Soba, told the station she was pleased to learn police arrested Gibbs and looks forward to justice.

    “It’s just a roller coaster of emotions, being really sad and depressed to angry,” Soba said. “Just getting that phone call and knowing that he has been arrested, it brought tears to my eyes.”

    In a separate case, Gibbs was arrested in February 2016 and charged with child neglect after police said he left his 5-year-old son alone on more than one occasion. He was found guilty in November, the station reports, and was awaiting sentencing when he was arrested on the murder charge.
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    John Gibbs

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    Former Midlothian doctor charged with murder in 2014 disappearance of live-in girlfriend

    A former Midlothian physician was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in the suspicious, sudden disappearance of his live-in girlfriend more than 2½ years ago, police said.

    Dr. John E. Gibbs, 39, who police said now lives in Ashland, was arrested in Massanutten with assistance of police there and the U.S. Marshals Service Capital Area Regional Task Force, police said.

    Chesterfield County police detectives presented facts in the case Monday to the Central Virginia Multi-Jurisdictional Grand Jury and obtained an indictment against Gibbs for first-degree murder. The case has been reclassified from a missing person case to a “no-body” homicide.

    Gibbs is accused of killing Zulma L. Pabon, 26, who vanished under suspicious circumstances on June 6, 2014.

    Chesterfield police Capt. Michael Louth said Pabon’s body has not been recovered and, as a result, her cause of death is unknown.

    “We’ve been collaborating with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and looking at the case — the totality of everything — and we believe we had enough (evidence) at this point to go before the grand jury,” Louth said. “I really can’t get into the details of the evidence that brought us to where we are this second.”

    “The detectives assigned to the case from the very start have worked very hard,” Louth added, “from interviewing people, putting together the facts of the case — and forensics always play a part in that as well. It really is the totality of what we have right now is what has brought us to this point.”

    Pabon was last seen leaving her job at Commonwealth Fertility and Women’s Health at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in the same complex where Gibbs formerly worked.

    The licensed practical nurse was reported missing by co-workers the following Monday after she failed to show up. Pabon was living with Gibbs at the time of her disappearance in a condominium in the 5300 block of Terrace Arbor Circle near Commonwealth Centre Parkway.

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    Boyfriend of missing woman Zulma Pabon arrested for child neglect
    POSTED 6:08 PM, FEBRUARY 25, 2016,

    CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The boyfriend of Zulma Pabon, missing since June 2014, was arrested, Chesterfield Police confirmed. Dr. John Gibbs, who is the father of a child with Pabon, was arrested on charges of felony child neglect. Dr. Gibbs is being investigated for neglecting his five-year-old son, police said.

    Dr. Gibbs was taken out of the hospital Thursday in handcuffs, a witness said. There was no indication the charges are related to Pabon's disappearance. Gibbs is being held without bond in Chesterfield. A judge will rule Monday whether to grant or deny bond.

    Gibbs is accused of leaving his five-year-old son unattended on two occasions; once in January and the other in February. The first incident the boy was found alone near his residence complex pool and police were called.

    Gibbs older son, who is 15 and described as extremely autistic, was supposed to be watching the younger brother. The next incident the youngest son was left at home alone while Gibbs attended a parent-teacher conference.

    Gibbs has since sent the five year old to stay with a family member in North Carolina. The prosecution wants bailed denied because she considers Gibbs a flight risk with no ties to the community aside from his job.

    The judge has asked the temporary guardian to appear in court on Monday and to have the child at court being watched by another family member or CPS.

    Zulma Pabon

    Pabon, described as a Hispanic female, is about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs about 145 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen Friday, June 6, 2014, when she left work

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    Midlothian doctor whose girlfriend vanished 2 years ago convicted of felony neglect of couple's son
    A Midlothian physician whose live-in girlfriend suspiciously vanished more than two years ago was convicted Thursday of felony child neglect in an incident in which the couple’s 5-year-old son was found wandering alone in a busy commercial area after being left unattended at home.

    After an hourlong trial, Chesterfield Circuit Judge David E. Johnson found Dr. John E. Gibbs, 39, guilty of knowingly and intentionally neglecting his son, Joseph, on Feb. 22 after he left the child alone in the family’s apartment near Chesterfield Towne Center for nearly an hour.

    The child, who had been suspended from his kindergarten class for fighting, managed to escape the apartment and wander a heavily traveled area along Mall Drive before ending up in the parking lot of a nearby Costco, according to evidence.

    The child was first discovered by a maintenance supervisor for Clairmont at Chesterfield Apartments, who had to put the child on his shoulders and walk with the boy back to the complex where Gibbs lived with his son.

    Concerned about the child’s welfare, the supervisor and an apartment complex manager drove to where Joseph had wandered but the child refused to get inside their car, they testified.

    Gibbs, who had been a physician at Sheltering Arms Hospital in Midlothian until his arrest in late February, was the former boyfriend of Zulma L. Pabon, 26, who disappeared under suspicious circumstances on June 6, 2014.

    She was last seen leaving her job at Commonwealth Fertility and Women’s Health at Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center in the same complex where Gibbs worked.

    The licensed practical nurse, who has never been found, was reported missing by co-workers the following Monday after she failed to show up. Pabon was living with Gibbs at the time of her disappearance in a condominium in the 5300 block of Terrace Arbor Circle in Midlothian.

    Police said Gibbs has declined to cooperate in their investigation of Pabon’s disappearance in the 2½ years since she vanished, exercising his constitutional right not to speak. He has not been charged with any crime related to Pabon’s disappearance.

    During Thursday’s trial in Chesterfield, Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Hogan, who won a murder conviction earlier this year against a Richmond man in the disappearance of former girlfriend Leyla Namiranian, whose body was never found, was sitting in the audience with two Chesterfield detectives listening to testimony.

    During a break in the trial, Hogan said the investigation into Pabon’s disappearance remains active, but he declined further comment or to say why he and police detectives attended.

    The maintenance supervisor testified that he first noticed Gibbs’ young son as he was driving a golf cart in the complex and, despite the chilly temperatures, the child was dressed only in a T-shirt and long pants with shoes but no socks.

    After the child took off running, the supervisor returned to the office and consulted with the manager, and both got into the manager’s car to find the boy and bring him back safely.

    After the child refused to get into the car, the supervisor said he put the child on his shoulders to walk back to the complex. Once they returned, the apartment manager said she recognized the child and knocked on Gibbs’ door, but no one answered and she called police.

    When Gibbs arrived in his car a short time later, he acknowledged the child was his but “he didn’t seem surprised or relieved,” the supervisor testified.

    Chesterfield officer Alexander Saxer testified that when he asked Gibbs where the child’s mother was, he simply said “she wasn’t around.”

    Gibbs had left his son alone to attend a meeting with a school counselor at Greenfield Elementary to discuss his son’s recent suspension for fighting, according to testimony.

    A Chesterfield social services worker testified her agency had received two earlier reports involving Gibbs before his son had wandered off Feb. 22. One involved the boy wandering from the apartment a month earlier after Gibbs left him and his 14-year-old sibling home alone.

    In seeking dismissal of the charge, defense attorney Craig Cooley noted that Gibbs’ son suffered no injuries and the neglect did not rise to a felony offense, which requires a willful act so wanton and culpable that it shows a reckless disregard for human life.

    Prosecutor Erin Barr countered that leaving a 5-year-old boy alone in the apartment was itself dangerous, and the threat to his safety was compounded when he managed to escape and wander about.

    Barr said Gibbs was keenly aware of his son’s behavioral problems — he had been suspended several times from school — and that he had wandered away from home just a month earlier.

    The judge ruled that Gibbs’ actions clearly met the standards of the law and convicted him. He faces up to five years in prison or 12 months in jail when he is sentenced Feb. 13.

    Gibbs will remain free on bond but must continue to wear an electronic monitoring device and can have no contact with his son, who is staying with Gibbs’ sister. Pabon’s family is fighting for custody.

    Barr told the court that Gibbs is not currently practicing medicine. Stephanie Sulmer, a spokeswoman for Sheltering Arms, said Gibbs’ employment with the hospital ended in March.

    In the summer of 2014, Chesterfield detectives released a series of surveillance photos and other pictures related to Pabon’s disappearance.

    The images include a photo of Gibbs walking back to the couple’s condo at 6:39 a.m. on June 7, 2014, about 14 minutes after a vehicle believed to be Pabon’s car can be seen in another surveillance photo leaving their condo. However, the car’s occupants are not visible.

    The car was found abandoned a day later, 16 miles away in a mobile home park in Chester.

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