Missing Kirsty ‘safe and well’
Friends thank public after disappearance
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