Family of missing sailor Timmy ask shipmates to help

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THE family of missing sailor Timmy MacColl are appealing directly to his shipmates in a fresh bid for information about his disappearance.

It is now more than a year since the father-of-three failed to return to his ship, HMS Westminster, when it was docked in Dubai.

PLEA Rachel and Timmy MacColl

PLEA Rachel and Timmy MacColl

The 28-year-old leading seaman, from Gosport, vanished and has not been seen since.

As reported in The News, it was thought he never made it back to his ship.

But recently, relatives of LS MacColl said port workers came forward to say he arrived at the port, only to leave again shortly afterwards in another cab.

Now his uncle, Neil Cunningham, is asking LS MacColl’s shipmates to help.

‘I’m sure there’s more information that can assist us and encourage the Dubai police to carry on with the investigation,’ Mr Cunningham said.

‘This isn’t a criminal investigation I’m conducting here.

‘I’m a family member, looking to find a father, a husband, a son, and any information you can give me I will treat with the utmost confidence.

‘But first, get in contact, let’s have this conversation, tell me what you know.

‘I’m just trying to find where Timmy is.’

LS MacColl was last seen in the early hours of May 27 last year.

He was seen getting into a taxi outside a nightclub in Dubai for the short journey back to his ship, berthed in Port Rashid.

With new knowledge that his nephew may have later left the port again, Mr Cunningham wants to hear from any other sailors who left the port at the same time.

He hopes to eliminate lines of enquiry and work out where to focus attention next.

Dubai authorities previously told LS MacColl’s family his fate could be one of seven scenarios.

The scenarios are that Timmy went AWOL of his own volition; he was kidnapped by criminals or terrorists; he was murdered; he is in a prison cell and nobody’s been informed; he is in a hospital and hasn’t been identified; he has fallen into the water at the port or he has fallen down one of the deep drains around the port.

Mr Cunningham added: ‘It’s clear from the information available to us that it’s more than likely the place he’d last been seen is not at the port and the enquiry needs to be moved on to another location.

‘It’s really vital we can show where those taxis went to because that may be the next point where lines of enquiry and information gathering can start.’