A Victoria man traveling alone in Spain has not been heard from for more than two weeks after being left at a bus stop without his phone, passport or, possibly, kidney transplant medication.
Scott Graham, 67, had been planning to hop from town to town in Spain in the final weeks of July after visiting friends in Amsterdam. On a bus ride from Vigo to San Sebastian, Spain, on July 10, however, Graham was left at a rest stop without his bags.
Two days later he managed to send a WhatsApp message to his brother briefly explaining what had happened, but since then Graham’s family have not heard from him. They have no idea where he is or what state of health he is in.
“I can’t really think about the results. My brain won’t let me go,’ one of Graham’s three children, Kaiza Graham, told Victoria News, speaking from her home in Toronto.
The family have done their best to seek out any information on Graham.
They know he went to a hospital in Madrid on the morning of July 15 and to the Canadian Embassy in Madrid later that day. They also know, from speaking at the Embassy themselves, that Graham had made an appointment to return to the Embassy the following Monday (July 18), but never showed up.
Kaiza said the embassy told them that Graham didn’t remember anyone’s phone numbers or his email or Facebook passwords, so he had no way of getting in. contact with his family. He also reportedly told the embassy that he tried to get his kidney transplant medication from the hospital, but was unsuccessful.
How long he can last without it is unclear, Kaiza said.
“His immune system might wake up and notice the foreign object (kidney). It might happen quite quickly.
Graham also has a history of minor strokes and may suffer from cognitive impairment.
On July 16, his family reported him missing to the Victoria Police Service, Spanish authorities and Global Affairs Canada.
Kaiza and her sister Georgia Graham say the lack of action since then has been infuriating.
“It’s been so outrageous how difficult it has been to get people with so much power to take even the smallest actions,” Kaiza said. “I feel like I’m screaming into the void.”
His understanding when they reported his father’s case to VicPD was that he was being treated as a missing person. In fact, Kaiza said, because Graham did not go missing in Victoria, police only made a recording, trying to ring Graham’s phone and stopping at his flat.
It wasn’t until 10 days later, when Kaiza asked the department to connect directly with police in Spain, that she found out how little action had been taken. Since then, Kaiza said VicPD has been more helpful and is working with other agencies to monitor Graham’s bank accounts and passport for activity, of which there has been none so far.
He also did not check into other hospitals, according to Spanish authorities, and never caught his flight home from Amsterdam on Friday July 29.
Kaiza and the rest of Graham’s family are now trying to publicize his disappearance and increase the pressure for the authorities to act. They also hope to connect with lawyers who have experience with Spanish law or missing persons cases, and anyone in Spain who might be able to help.
“It seems very hopeless and every avenue seems very futile. It’s hard to keep up the motivation, but we have to do it,” Kaiza said.
Victoria News has contacted the Victoria Police Service and Global Affairs Canada for comment and further details.
Anyone wishing to contact Graham’s family can do so by emailing [email protected]