Fears of foul play after man vanished 5 years ago

Missing man John Coleman. Picture: comp

Missing man John Coleman. Picture: comp

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THE sister of a man who vanished from the Capital more than five years ago today spoke of her fears that he has been murdered.

John Coleman was last seen at the council-run Access Point accommodation in Leith Street on May 1, 2009 and the 57-year-old has failed to contact family or friends since.

Sister Linda said his long disappearance was “out of character” and suggested he may have been the victim of “foul play”.

It also emerged Mr Coleman’s disappearance followed another family tragedy in 1982.

His younger brother, George, 25, went missing for 12 weeks before his body washed up in Kirkcaldy harbour.

Mother-of-seven Ms Coleman, 50, said: “Our dad died when John was eight and it had a huge effect on him.

“He was in and out of our lives but he always came back. You might not see him for a year, but this is very unlike him. John was a drinker and he’d hang out in woods with dodgy people you wouldn’t want to be around. I worry he’s been the victim of foul play.

“It keeps me up at night. He had a stroke previously so he may have had another and lost his memory. It’s possible he doesn’t want to speak to us, but not likely. And John’s not the type to take his own life.”

Ms Coleman, who lives in Fife and worked as a carer before a stroke forced her to retire, said: “Our mum, Janet, is 76 and she’s dying. I want to get an answer about where John is, especially for mum. I’d like her to get that closure. My youngest child was born the week John went missing so he doesn’t even know that son exists.”

Mr Coleman, who also has sisters June, 54, and Allison, 48, was known to visit areas including Montrose, Aberdeen, Inverness, Dundee and Perth, as well as Northern Ireland.

He is around 5ft 9in tall, medium build, brown eyes and speaks with a Glaswegian accent. He has the word “John” and a rose, dagger and Irish harp tattooed on his left arm.

Detective Inspector John Kavanagh said: “We have never given up with our efforts to trace John and will continue to review his disappearance.

“I would ask anyone who believes they have information that can assist with this inquiry to contact police immediately.”