Haibun: Missing in Hamburg

It is with great sadness we share the news that the body of missing Inverness man Liam Colgan has been found in the river Elbe this morning. We want to thank all of you who offered help in sharing, retweeting and expressing your heartfelt thoughts. We have all been hoping for a better outcome. Our thoughts and prayers are with Liam’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Whippet Wisdom - a Highland Journey

two whippets in winter jackets sniffing seaweed near mouth of the river

It is twelve days ago today that a young man from these parts went missing. The timeless sky reflected in the water are part of the landscape he might still know as home. Concern is growing that he does not remember how to get back here. The small number of witness sightings since he disappeared speak of a man who seems confused and alone. It was meant to be a fun trip he had organised for his brother. With plans for meals, bars and drinks, a game of five-a-side football. He would not willingly abandon that. He would be in touch if he knew how to. If you are in Hamburg please look out for his face in the crowd.

wandering
a long way from home
snow is melting

Β© Xenia Tran

Missing in Hamburg Liam Colgan Poster

29 year old Inverness man Liam Colgan went missing in the early hours of 10th February 2018 during…

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Author: whippetwisdom

The stories, poems and photographs on this blog are the original creative work of Xenia Tran. Inspired by life in the Scottish Highlands and in awe of nature she gives voice to the wisdom of her two adopted whippets Eivor and Pearl.

40 thoughts on “Haibun: Missing in Hamburg”

  1. Oh, what very sad news, indeed. I am so sorry about this! If you’re in touch with his family or friends, please let them know others are sending them comforting and healing energy.

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  2. Please accept my condolences.
    There is nothing that can be said that would erase the sadness of this day, but it seems that your community has come together, and that will be a source of strength.

    brother, son, and friend
    empty place cannot be filled
    hearts drowned by sorrow

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  3. So sorry, my friend. Maybe the fair folk called his name, as they sometimes do, in what unfolds as too early a parting from this realm and into theirs. I hope he is in peace, and I hope his loved ones can find solace that he is no longer confused or lost. xoxo Na’ama

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  4. How terrible. So sad. You just want to reach out to him and rescue him from whatever befell him. I wish more people would look out for one another. Sending sympathy and love. xx

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