Wigan dad with head injury has been missing in Bulgaria for three months
A Wigan dad has been missing in his adopted country of Bulgaria for three months after he was involved in an accident.
Police have been searching high and low for 35-year-old James Robinson, who moved to the eastern European country at the beginning of the year after buying his "dream home" for just £4,000.
But relatives back home in Wigan say that the father of two's new life hadn't gone to plan. First the house in Vrasta was badly damaged in a blaze caused by an old bird's nest catching fire, forcing him to have to live in a caravan while he began renovations.
Then on May 10 Mr Robinson, who has children aged nine and 10 from a previous relationship, appears to have suffered a fall while carrying out those works.
It is understood he was taken to hospital where bruising to the brain was diagnosed. But after coming round the next day the self-employed handyman discharged himself against doctors' recommendations, left in a taxi and hasn't been seen since.
His sister Danielle Glass, from Billinge, told the Daily Mirror that family back home felt "helpless" as the search continues.
The 33-year-old added: "we reported him missing weeks ago and the police in Bulgaria are looking for him.
“His passport, laptop and driving licence were all found in the caravan he had been staying in while he renovated his house.
“We found his mobile phone on the ground outside the property.”
“After piecing everything together, it seems he may have fallen off the house and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
“We think a woman went with him and we are trying to find her.
“He was given a CT scan where there was bruising on the brain but he woke up and discharged himself. That is the last that is known of him.
“We have tried to think positively but it just doesn’t make sense. It’s all very strange."
Relatives were told by investigators that a small amount of blood that may have been found near to the phone was consistent with the theory of a fall.
Merseyside Police have also appealed for help and are classing James as a “high risk missing person”.
A statement read: “We are appealing for the public’s help to find missing man James Robinson.
“James, 35, who is currently living in the Vratsa area of Bulgaria was last seen on 11th May leaving a nearby hospital after he was believed to have been treated for a head injury after falling.
“He is described as white, of slim, 5ft 11ins with dark blond hair, a beard and fair complexion. Unfortunately we do not know what he was last seen wearing.
“Anyone that has seen James here in Merseyside or heard from him, should get in touch. Alternatively, if you know someone living in Bulgaria that could share our appeal or has also seen James, please do so. Call us with any information on 01517773600.”
Mr Robinson had moved out to western Bulgaria with plans to grow his own crops and he had invested in seeds and a rotavator.
Ms Glass said that his disappearance had been "devastating" for their parents who were desperate for him to be found.