Missing sailor Timmy MacColl's wife says it is time to move on

Leading Seaman Timmy Maccoll, sailor missing in Dubai.
Timmy MacColl: Went missing while on shore leave in Dubai.

The wife of missing Scots sailor Timmy MacColl said she believes she will never see her husband again.

Rachael MacColl said she is closing down a Facebook campaign group after coming to the conclusion that she and their three children will "have to live our lives without Timmy".

More than 100,000 people had signed up to help the search after Timmy, orginally from Killin, Perthshire, mysteriously disappeared while on shore leave in Dubai on May 27 last year.

Despite extensive inquiries the authorities are no closer to establishing what happened to the leading seaman, who was serving aboard HMS Westminster.

The 27-year-old vanished suddenly while on shore leave in Port Rashid on May 27 this year.

His ship, the Westminster, was berthed there but returned home to Portsmouth without him after he went missing.He was last seen by two fellow sailors, who reportedly helped him into a taxi outside a cafe, but never made it back to his ship.

Rachael travelled from her home in Hampshire to Dubai last month in search of answers and says she is "comfortable" that "extensive" searches have taken place.

But she admits she is struggling to cope with the situation and she now says that she, son Cameron, aged seven, and daughters Skye, four, and Eriskay, who was born in September, need to move on because the search is "having an adverse effect on our lives".

Writing on the Bring Timmy Home website, Rachael said: "Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my family during the last eight months. 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. We now have contacts both here in the UK and out in Dubai who will continue looking for answers.

"The campaign to Bring Timmy Home is no longer fitting and unfortunately due to this changes need to be made. Therefore in light of recent events I have come to the decision to close the Facebook group.

"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."