Body found in Hamburg harbour ‘highly likely’ Scot missing since February

Police in Hamburg have told German media that a body found in the city harbour is likely that of a young Scottish man who went missing on his brother's stag do over two months ago.

Body found in Hamburg harbour 'highly likely' Scot missing since February
Photo: DPA

A police spokesperson told Spiegel that the body is most probably that of Liam Colgan, a 29-year-old who disappeared while celebrating his brother’s stag do in Hamburg.

“We have indications that this could be the body of the missing person,” the spokesperson said.

The Lucie Blackman Trust, which has been supporting the Colgan family during their ordeal, said on Monday that the clothes on the body matched those worn by Colgan on the night of his disappearance. Meanwhile his driving licence was also found in a jacket pocket.

According to Bild, a passerby spotted the body in the water early on Monday morning and alerted the police. The body was taken to the Hamburg Institute for Forensic Medicine for further examination.

Police say that they have already informed the family.

Colgan, from Inverness in northern Scotland, disappeared without a trace on February 10th. He was last seen in a bar in the St Pauli district shortly after midnight. Later police investigations turned up CCTV footage which showed him near the city harbour.

The 29-year-old was supposed to be the best man at his brother Eamonn's wedding and had organized the stag do in the port city.

His family set up a publicity campaign to try and find him. Among other things, they distributed some 300,000 flyers in the north of the country.

They were given initial hope that he was still alive when several people in the small town of Buxtehude just south of Hamburg reported spotting him. But police were unable to establish a “hot lead” based on the sightings.

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.