A year ago today, on 9 September 2014, my eldest brother Fergus went missing in Switzerland.
He travelled there to attend work meetings in the town of Martigny. Although we believe he did reach the town on a train from Geneva Airport, he failed to meet up with his colleagues and nothing has been seen or heard of him since.
My dad recently put out the following statement, which has been posted on Fergus’s Facebook page. One year on, I think it sums things up very well.
I and the rest of Fergus’s family are very grateful to everyone who has been involved in the investigation of his disappearance. We miss him more than we can say, and we would have been delighted if he had been found alive and well. Other members of the family still have some hope for that outcome, but I am now even more convinced than I was before that he must have suffered a fatal accident in the Swiss mountains in September 2014.
Over the past year we have been doing our best to look after his flat and his finances, but acting on his behalf with no power of attorney and with no death certificate has been challenging. If his body is not found, there cannot be a presumption of death until seven years after he was last seen alive and well. If his body is found or if we receive any other significant information we shall post it here.
I should like to repeat what has been written in previous updates, that I and the rest of the family are very grateful for the many expressions of sympathy and support that we have received, and for the kind words sent to us about Fergus by his colleagues and other friends.
Shortly after his disappearance some of Fergus’s friends set up a blog, which can be found here: Missing Fergus McInnes. The blog gives more details about Fergus and the mystery surrounding his disappearance.
I hope we might get answers to some of our questions one day, but sadly we may never find out what exactly happened to him in Switzerland on that day. We can, however, remember the many good things about him, and are grateful for our happy memories.