Miss­ing Kirsty ‘safe and well’

Friends thank pub­lic af­ter dis­ap­pear­ance

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Shoshana Ke­dem and Patrick Ryan @7DAYSUAE shoshana@7days.ae

A young teacher who went miss­ing for al­most 48 hours was found safe and well yes­ter­day but in a dis­tressed emo­tional state, Dubai Po­lice have said.

Kirsty McLaugh­lin sparked an alert when she left her apart­ment in Bar­sha Heights on Sun­day lunchtime and did not re­turn, leav­ing her phone and other be­long­ings be­hind.

The 24-year-old, from Scot­land, was the sub­ject of a ma­jor so­cial me­dia ap­peal by friends as con­cerns grew for her wel­fare.

Her par­ents flew into Dubai from Scot­land yes­ter­day as po­lice be­gan search­ing for her and her dis­tinc­tive white Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle car.

Yes­ter­day morn­ing, how­ever, she was lo­cated safe at a friend’s apart­ment.

Gen­eral Khalil Ibrahim Al Man­souri, As­sis­tant Chief of Dubai Po­lice, said: “We found the girl in an apart­ment in an­other city with her friend.

“She was in a bad men­tal state. She is safe now.”

Thou­sands of so­cial me­dia users helped to spread the ap­peal by her friends and fam­ily on Mon­day night and yes­ter­day.

Ear­lier yes­ter­day morn­ing, be­fore she was lo­cated, Kirsty’s mother Ca­role McLaugh­lin spoke to 7DAYS at her daugh­ter’s apart­ment.

She said: “She’s not quiet at all, she’s very out­go­ing and usu­ally a very happy girl so we just don’t know what could have hap­pened.

“It’s just time is get­ting on and we haven’t heard any­thing. We don’t know what to think.”

How­ever, she and Kirsty’s friends were re­lieved when news that her daugh­ter was safe spread.

Kirsty’s close friend Mitch Joseph Wall wrote on Face­book: “I sim­ply can­not ex­press my grat­i­tude at the love and sup­port shown from ev­ery­one. The re­sponse and ef­fort put in to­wards the sit­u­a­tion was over­whelm­ing and it moved me.” An­other friend wrote on the ‘Help Find­ing Kirsty McLaugh­lin’ page: “Thank you all for all shares and car­ing.

“We had thou­sands of peo­ple look­ing and that just warms up our hearts. “God bless you all.”

‘We found the girl in an apart­ment in an­other city with her friend. She is safe now.’ – Dubai as­sis­tant po­lice chief

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