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Search for Scots tourist missing in Amsterdam for four days

Chris Nelson, 24, from Midlothian, went for a walk on Sunday morning and has not been seen since.

Chris Nelson: The 24-year-old is missing in Amsterdam.
Chris Nelson: The 24-year-old is missing in Amsterdam.

A search has been launched for a Scot who has been missing in Amsterdam for four days. 

Chris Nelson, 24, from the Eskbank area of Dalkieth, Midlothian, travelled to the Dutch capital with his fiancée to visit a friend who lives in the city. 

The friend posted an appeal online after Mr Nelson, a former NHS pharmaceutical technician, failed to return from a walk in the Nieuwmarkt area, which is in the city centre. 

He said: "My friend Christopher Nelson is missing. He came together with his fiancée on Saturday to stay for the weekend. 

"He left my house on Sunday morning at around 5.45am for a walk but he did not return to the house.

"It was his first time in Amsterdam and he is not familiar with the city at all. I am afraid he couldn't find his way back to my  house at Recht Boomssloot, as he did not have the address on him either.

"So he might have asked around for the way. The weather was stormy and rainy and he was only wearing a black hoodie. Friends and Family are very worried that something has happened to him. 

"He is unreachable, his phone is off."

Mr Nelson's parents Scott and Donna Nelson have travelled to Amsterdam to help in the search for him.

The former bar manager recently moved to Kaarst, just outside Dusseldorf, to live with his German fiancée and was working as a labourer there. 

The couple were in Amsterdam to visit her friends. 

Missing: Chris Nelson has recently moved to Germany with his fiancée.
Missing: Chris Nelson has recently moved to Germany with his fiancée.

Mr Nelson's sister Rebecca, 22, said the family are sick with worry over his whereabouts. 

She said: "My parents have gone over there to help and I've come home to wait by the phone, hoping that someone has something, any scrap of information about where he is. 

"We are absolutely desperate. His fiancée Stephanie and their friends still haven't heard a thing from him. 

"We've been told that it was early in the morning. They'd been having a dinner with a group of friends in the flat. There were a few drinks and they'd been up all evening chatting. 

"He sent a message to my mum in the early hours just saying that he was missing her, he hoped they were all ok and that he loved her, the usual stuff. 

"They were all sitting chatting and he went for a walk and that was it. They were all busy blethering and didn't worry. His fiancée said they weren’t drunk and nothing untoward happened to make him leave."

Mr Nelson, who has two sisters, was working in Scotland as a bar manager when he met his partner. They decided to set up home in Germany and he moved there several months ago. 

Ms Nelson added: "We are really worried. We would urge anyone who knows anything to get in touch, even if they think they have seen someone who looks vaguely like Chris but they're not sure, please contact the police. 

"He's a great person. He has the gift of the gab. He is wonderfully smiley and just a beautiful person to be around. He lights up a room. Everyone loves Chris. We just want him to be safe."

Dutch police have appealed for anyone who has seen Mr Nelson to come forward and have issued a missing persons notice for the city. 

It states: "At the time of his disappearance he wore grey jeans, a white Nike shirt with a coloured front, a black vest with hood, black Nike sneakers and he wears glasses with dark frame.

"If you have any information on the whereabouts of this missing person, please contact the police at 0800-6070. From outside the Netherlands, please dial: +31793459876."

Chris Nelson: Went missing during Amsterdam trip
Chris Nelson: Went missing during Amsterdam trip

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