Doctor arrested in connection to murder of missing Chesterfield nurse

Doctor arrested in connection to murder of missing Chesterfield nurse
[Left] Surveillance video of John Gibbs. [Right] Zulma Pabon
[Left] Surveillance video of John Gibbs. [Right] Zulma Pabon

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Nearly three years after a Chesterfield nurse went missing, police have arrested a doctor suspected in her disappearance.

John E. Gibbs II, 39, is charged with first degree murder in connection to Zulma Pabon. Police are classifying her disappearance as a no-body homicide.

Gibbs was arrested in 2016 for two counts of felony child neglect. Police say the investigation indicates he neglected the five-year-old son he had with Pabon.

He was arrested Tuesday in Massanutten to face the first degree murder charge related to the disappearance of Pabon.

Police 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. At the time, Gibbs was not called a suspect in Pabon's disappearance.

"I just want some answers and I just want to bring her home safely," Pabon's sister, Yalitza, Solba, told NBC12 a couple of years ago.

"The more I heard, the more I suspected and feared that that was the case, honestly," said Michelle Lambor.

Lambor worked with Pabon and Gibbs.

"Closure's a good thing, but like I say on the other hand, it brings sadness, because we always hoped that she was going to come home and be found," she said.

Gibbs was set to appear in court later this month for the 2016 charge of felony child neglect related to Pabon's son. He pleaded not guilty to that charge.

Gibbs is being held in Chesterfield County Jail. He's scheduled to appear in circuit court at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday for a pre-trial hearing.

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