The bereaved mother of a Scottish sailor who tragically disappeared nearly 10 years ago says she believes her son is dead.
Sheena MacColl told the British media that she suspects the authorities have kept the full truth about what happened to her son, Timothy, hidden.
Claims son is dead
27-year-old Timothy was a leading seaman on the HMS Westminster when he vanished without a trace early one morning while on shore leave in Dubai.
Over the objections of Timothy’s family, the Royal Navy ruled in 2014 that the sailor, who left behind a wife and three children, accidentally drowned after a night of drinking with his shipmates — but his remains have never been found.
“I do not believe he fell in the water… he would have been found by now,” Sheena told the Daily Record. “Someone knows something but has not come forward for whatever reason.”
Timothy was last seen leaving Dubai’s Rock Bottom Cafe in a cab that was headed for Port Rashid around 1:40 a.m. on May 27, 2012. The Bangladeshi cab driver claims that he stopped to ask for directions and when he returned, MacColl was gone.
A search in Dubai by Sheena, her brother Colin, and Timothy’s wife Rachael was not successful.
Grieving mom suspects cover-up
Sheena said it is possible Timothy took another cab back into Dubai, as some witnesses have claimed. It’s implausible that Timothy drowned because the area was fenced off and a team of expert divers couldn’t find his body, she said.
“However, there is no proof he went back to Port Rashid. The only evidence is the taxi driver,” she said.
The Royal Navy says a “full and proper” investigation was carried out, but the heartbroken mom speculates the truth about her son’s disappearance is being covered up. One thing she knows for certain is that Timothy is dead.
“Timmy would not have put me through this if he was still alive. I’d appeal to anyone who has information to come forward,” she said.
The mother will light a candle in her garden to mark 10 years without her son.