MP criticises UK Government over missing Liam Colgan
Drew Hendry said he has waited three weeks for a response from the Foreign Office on the 29-year-old’s disappearance in Germany.
An MP has criticised the UK Government for its response over missing Inverness man Liam Colgan.
Drew Hendry called for Ministers to be sent to the House of Commons to explain why they have failed to respond for three weeks on questions over Mr Colgan’s disappearance.
The Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP said: “Three weeks ago today I raised the urgent case of Liam Colgan, the Inverness man who had gone missing in Hamburg.
“Despite taking the Leader of the House’s advice and writing to Ministers, three weeks later I have not had a response, despite having chased and chased, due to ‘clearance and awaiting signature’.
“The family is in trauma. Shouldn’t Ministers come to the House and explain this lack urgency?”
Today, I raised the fact that I have been chasing an urgent response from the FCO regarding my constituent Liam Colgan, almost daily for the past 3 weeks. It is not on, to be told, time after time, that the Ministers response is waiting for approval or signature. @FindLiam1 pic.twitter.com/WMLtMPfifw— Drew Hendry MP (@drewhendrySNP) March 15, 2018
Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom said she recalled the case and was “sorry to hear that”.
She said she would put pressure on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a response.
Mr Colgan, 29, was on his brother Eamonn’s stag weekend in Hamburg when he vanished in the early hours of Saturday, February 10.
Friends and relatives last saw him in the Veermaster Bar after which he was identified on CCTV footage from the Baumwall area.
CCTV footage seen by the family shows Liam arriving at the vehicle barrier of the G&J building in Baumwall, Hamburg, around 2.20am.
*UPDATE* Photos of LIAM @ approx 0220 10thFeb released. Shows clothing. Were you near #Baumwell around this time? He may be wearing or have changed clothes-don't assume. Full details: POLICE - +4917665939791 LB TRUST - +441983718802 EMAIL- firstname.lastname@example.org— Find Liam #FindLiam (@FindLiam1) February 21, 2018
A witness reports seeing Liam and helping him up some steps to the main entrance of that building after he fell – corroborated by the CCTV.
The footage goes on to show Liam trying unsuccessfully to get in to the building, before walking towards the Michelwiese Park.
He is helped again by the same witness to get into this park, and is last seen heading towards the Portuguese Quarter at around 2.30am.
Eamonn, who has postponed his wedding while the search for his brother continues, is currently in Hamburg with his fiancee, Susan.
A statement on the Help Find Liam Colgan campaign site said: “We reiterate, the search for Liam is still very much ongoing.
“There are still sightings coming in and we firmly believe he is waiting to be found.”