Wife’s new plea on anniversary of disappearance of Gosport sailor Timmy MacColl

Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachael
Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachael
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THE wife of missing sailor Timmy MacColl has made a fresh appeal for help on the first anniversary of his disappearance in Dubai.

Rachael MacColl said she has seen CCTV footage which shows somebody leaving the port between 3am and 6am in the back of a cab and wants witnesses to come forward.

The 28-year-old leading seaman from Gosport was serving in the Portsmouth-based HMS Westminster when he went missing.

Timmy, a father of three, was last seen getting into a taxi outside a Dubai nightclub in the early hours of May 27.

Rachael, 26, said: ‘I would love to say that I still have hope but it’s not there any more.

‘I haven’t heard from Dubai police since January when I last went out there.’

Rachael said that when she was in Dubai she saw CCTV evidence of a second taxi leaving Port Rashid with a man in the back wearing a white t-shirt and Aviator-style sunglasses.

She said: ‘There’s a possible lead there. That’s why I’m doing this appeal now.’

‘I believe it could be my husband.’

As previously reported in The News, this evidence has been confirmed by two port workers.

Timmy’s family believe that this discounts any theories of him being lost in the Gulf.

The Royal Navy said that it could not comment on the progress of the case and that the Dubai police are leading the investigation.

A navy spokesman said the service was continuing to provide support for Leading Seaman MacColl’s family and that his disappearance is being treated as a missing person person case.

Two Royal Navy investigators have flown to Dubai and will be conducting enquiries over the next few days.