Missing persons cases that never end

National Person Finder knows how distressing it can be to have a family member go missing. For two Dutch families there has been no resolution to the disappearance of men who went missing 44 years ago. The two men went out for a drink together in Deurne, Holland, forty-four years ago this week and were never seen again. While police always believed the men had been killed, they had no information on which to proceed, having discovered no sightings of either of the men or their car.

A recent reinvestigation by a Dutch missing persons bureau has resulted in the suggestion of a large reservoir in nearby Liessel which is now being dredged to see if the men’s vehicle may have been dumped there. A police spokesperson confirmed that ‘Missing persons cases don’t have a deadline.’ We can only agree – for the families left behind, the only resolution will be when their loved one is found, dead or alive.

Missing Brit sought in Hamburg

Liam Colgan of Inverness has been missing since 10 February where he was helping his brother Eammon celebrate his imminent marriage. Last seen that evening, new CCTV footage has shown Liam outside a building where on the steps and was helped up by a passer by who describes seeing Liam fail to succeed in entering the building and heading off towards the Michelwiese Park where the same witness helped him enter the park. His family are now asking for any further sightings or for people who were out and about in Hamburg night to check photographs they may have taken after 2am to see if Liam might be in the background. A body found in the River Elbe in late February has been confirmed as not being that of the missing British man.

Where alcohol is involved in a missing person’s case, it complicates matters greatly because people act very differently when drunk – this means that there are few predictors to their behaviour and any missing persons investigation has to be conducted on a completely open basis, rather than using information about the individuals usual behaviour, preferences and actions. In such situations, local police may be at a loss because they don’t have the resources to undertake the kind of inch-by-inch, minute-by-minute research that can reveal the movements of a person who has unexpectedly gone missing.