Wife gives up campaign to find missing sailor

Rachael MacColl during a press conference last October and inset, her husband Timmy

Rachael MacColl during a press conference last October and inset, her husband Timmy

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THE wife of missing Gosport sailor Timmy MacColl has said she will end a campaign to search for her husband.

Rachael MacColl said that she must now come to terms with his disappearance after meeting with detectives in Dubai last month.

Candlelit vigil For Timmy MacColl held at St Mary the Virgin Church in Rowner.''Copy picture of Timmy MacColl''PICTURE: Paul Jacobs

Candlelit vigil For Timmy MacColl held at St Mary the Virgin Church in Rowner.''Copy picture of Timmy MacColl''PICTURE: Paul Jacobs

As previously reported in The News, Leading Seaman MacColl, 26, from Gosport, has been missing since May last year, when he was last seen getting into a taxi outside a Dubai nightclub.

Mrs MacColl said: ‘It has now been over a year since I last saw my husband and things have changed dramatically.

‘In light of my recent visit to Dubai I am quite comfortable in the knowledge that extensive searches for my husband have been conducted and unfortunately have come to no conclusion into his whereabouts.

‘Your extensive campaigning on our behalf has been heart warming and has yielded great results.’

She said contacts in the UK and in Dubai will continue to search for answers but that she will now close the Facebook group as it is a reminder of her loss.

‘Therefore in light of recent events I have come to the decision to close the Facebook group,’ she said.

‘Me and the children now need to come to terms with the fact that we have to live our lives without Timmy.

‘This group is now serving as a constant reminder of what I have lost and is having an adverse effect on our lives.’

LS MacColl went missing on May 27 while in Port Rashid on a run ashore from his ship HMS Westminster.

The couple have three children, including five-month old Eriskay who was born four months after LS MacColl went missing.

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