Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Gosport sailor Timmy MacColl's wife says she must move on

Leading Seaman Timothy Andrew MacColl
Image caption Timmy MacColl was last seen at the Regent Palace Hotel in Dubai on 27 May

The wife of a missing Hampshire sailor has said she must come to terms with his disappearance almost nine months after he went missing.

Rachael MacColl said she and the couple's three children need to come to terms with living their lives without Timmy.

The Leading Seaman, from Gosport, disappeared last May, during a port visit to Dubai by HMS Westminster.

Mrs MacColl travelled there last month in the hope of finding fresh leads.

She has now announced a decision to shut down a Facebook campaign group on the Bring Timmy Home website.

'Constant reminder'

She said: "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."

Image caption Mrs MacColl says the campaign is having an adverse effect on the family's lives

Mrs MacColl thanked the public for their help and support, but said the campaign is "no longer fitting".

However, the family's contacts in the UK and Dubai will "continue to look for answers".

She said of the decision to close the Facebook group, which attracted more than 100,000 people: "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."

Leading Seaman MacColl, originally from Killin, Stirlingshire, was last seen at 02:00 local time on 27 May, while on shore leave in Dubai.

It is believed crew mates put him in a taxi from a hotel bar after a night out but he did not return to the ship.

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