Interpol join in the search for Eskbank man

Chris Nelson (24) disappeared in Amsterdam earlier this month
Chris Nelson (24) disappeared in Amsterdam earlier this month

THE search for a missing Midlothian man in Amsterdam has been stepped up with Interpol and the British Consulate joining Dutch officers in the hunt.

Chris Nelson from Eskbank, travelled to the Dutch capital to visit a friend but has not been seen for more than a week.

The 24-year-old, who had recently moved to Germany with fiancée Stephanie Kollross, failed to return from an early-morning walk.

His parents travelled to Amsterdam to help in the search while sister Rebecca (22) anxiously waited for news in the family home.

“I have come back to my parents’ house in case he taps on that door,” Rebecca said.

“But he doesn’t have his passport and with the tightening of the borders following the terrorist attacks [in Paris], it would be a miracle if he does come home.”

Chris went for a short walk at around 5.45am last Sunday, telling his partner he could not sleep but did not return and has not been heard from since.

His mother, Donna, revealed that he had texted her an hour before he vanished to say he was homesick which concerned her because of the time it was sent.

She said Chris and his fiancée had been planning to move back to Scotland in the New Year to try to get work in the oil industry.

His phone is switched off and countless efforts to contact him failed, with his family insisting his disappearance is “out of character”.

The search has also been widened to include neighbouring Germany and has sparked several police and television appeals on the continent.

John Cameron Webb, the British Consul in Amsterdam, has also pledged to help “as much as he can”. 
Dutch police and Interpol were also searching hospitals, police stations, homeless shelters and contacted missing person’s charities.