Monday, October 28, 2013

Qatar: British Expat, 24, Foreign Teacher, Disappears for 40 Hours, Feared Dead, Police Not Helpful

According to The Telegraph, Briton Lauren Patterson, 24, was last seen in the early hours of Saturday (October 26) after she had returned to Doha where she was working as a teacher. She had been in the UK for her grandmother’s funeral. 

The 24-year-old was feared dead after a body was found on Monday (October 28) and her family and boyfriend posted messages in tribute to her. 

Miss Patterson’s family and her boyfriend, James Grima, from Malta, posted an appeal on Facebook after she had been missing for more than 40 hours. 

Doha police said they could not confirm whether Ms. Patterson had died, what had happened to her or the progress of their investigation.  

COMMENT: Many Gulf state police agencies have rarely been sympathetic, cooperative, empathetic or particularly transparent when a foreigner disappears. 

Patterson was reportedly last seen at the five-star La Cigale Hotel in Doha at approximately 0120 hours on Saturday.

Although most foreigners to Gulf states never anticipate that they will become a crime victim while abroad, the reality is that many foreigners have disappeared or become crime victims in Gulf states in recent years.

Interestingly, British Navy seaman Timmy MacColl, 28, was last seen on May 27, 2o12, last seen outside the Rock Bottom Cafe at Dubai's Regent Palace Hotel at 0200 hours, the young sailor seemingly disappeared without a trace. MacColl was last seen after his shipmates paid for a Dubai taxi to take him back to his ship, "HMS Westminster," which was moored at Port Rashid. The search for Seaman MacColl has ended.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.