Did you talk to Timmy? Expats could help solve sailor mystery
Two people could hold vital clues in the disappearance of missing British sailor Timmy MacColl who vanished two weeks ago.
The pair, a British expat known only as ‘Colin’ and a woman of Asian appearance spoke to Timmy just minutes before he got in a taxi outside Rock Bottom, an eyewitness has claimed.
Staff at Rock Bottom and Rocky’s, which is inside the Regent Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai, say the potential witnesses were there separately and Timmy spoke to them both before he got into a taxi at about 1.40am on Sunday, May 27.
The information about Timmy’s last-known moments came to light when his uncle, Neil Cunningham, and a small group of residents and ex-navy personnel gathered outside Rock Bottom in the early hours of yesterday.
Cunningham said: “I’m not here to get involved in the investigation but these people could be vital witnesses. I’m told the man is a regular customer.”
The mystery disappearance of the young Scottish dad-of-two also took a new twist when it was claimed he did not leave the popular club alone. A bouncer at Rock Bottom, who said he has been interviewed by Dubai Police, said Timmy, 27, got in a taxi with two ‘friends’.
Doorman Abdul Majid told 7DAYS: “He left with a man and a woman. They looked European and she had ‘yellow’ hair. They seemed to be friends and to know each other.”
The Egyptian security man said he remembered Timmy arriving at Rock Bottom in Bur Dubai, shortly before midnight on May 26. He said: “He was drunk and at first I said he couldn’t come in but two friends came out and said they’d look after him, so I let him go.”
Once inside Timmy was found curled up sleeping so staff woke him and took him outside. There, Majid steered him to the front of an adjoining hair salon where the drunk Scot sat on stairs for around 20 minutes.
Staff remember Timmy then zig-zagging along the pavement towards the Regent Palace Hotel, where he spoke to ‘Colin’ a British expat who is a regular at the club. He then spoke to a woman of Asian appearance.
Majid added: “Timmy then went to a taxi and opened the door. I’m 100 per cent certain a man and a woman got in the taxi with him.” Staff at Rock Bottom and the Regent Palace next door say that while Timmy was drunk, he was not aggressive.
Cunningham, who flew in from the UK to raise awareness of his nephew’s disappearance, spoke to taxi drivers and dozens of clubbers who approached him yesterday to send best wishes to the family.
He said: “The response has been phenomenal. Dubai Police have already spoken to the staff here and I’m confident they’re doing everything possible to find Timmy.”
Timmy had spent Saturday, May 26, at the Seafarer’s Mission in Dubai - swimming, playing pool, watching TV and drinking cheap beer. He left there at 11.30pm and arrived shortly before midnight at Rock Bottom with two men and a woman. Witnesses say the man and woman who allegedly left in the taxi with Timmy were not the ones he arrived with.
Timmy’s two best mates from the British warship had left him at the Seafarer’s Mission in the early evening because they were on duty. They took some of Timmy’s valuables, including his credit card, back to the ship HMS Westminster.
An Australian Navy ship was berthed next to the British warship, which is back on pirate-busting operations in the Indian Ocean. Many of the Australian sailors had been at the mission and Rock Bottom when Timmy vanished at 1.40am.
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