Clue found in hunt for Scot missing in Hamburg since Saturday

Hamburg police have been able to track the movements of a young Scottish man who went missing during a stag do at the weekend, according to a local newspaper.

Clue found in hunt for Scot missing in Hamburg since Saturday
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The Hamburger Morgenpost (MOPO) reported on Friday that police have had at least 10 people contact them over possible sightings of Liam Colgan, who was on his brother's stag do when he disappeared during a pub crawl in the St Pauli neighbourhood.

One person reported seeing him in a bakery in the town of Buxtehude, which lies immediately southwest of Hamburg in the state of Lower Saxony.

A police dog was then able to pick up Colgan’s scent and follow it to the town’s train station.

The MOPO reports that another police dog picked up the 29-year-old’s scent in the St Pauli neighbourhood, but this trail also broke off.

Colgan was last seen in the Veermaster pub in the vicinity of the Beatles Platz at around 1.30am on Saturday morning.

Police confirmed to The Local that their investigations had taken them to Buxtehude.

“After we published a photo of the missing person, there were several leads that came in including several witnesses who think they saw him in the Buxtehude and Lower Saxony area,” a police spokesperson said.

The police will intensify their search on Friday and continue to put up pictures of Colgan in the areas where he could have been sighted.

Colgan is described as 1.82 metres tall, with short ginger hair and stubble. At the time of his disappearance he was wearing a leather jacket and a grey hoodie.

Police ask people who may have clues as to his whereabouts to call on 040428656789.


Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”