This from Justin Davenport writing for the London Evening Standard.
A high flying banker who lost his City job in the credit crunch has gone missing armed with two shotguns. Police today issued an urgent appeal to trace Huibert Boumeester, 49, a wealthy financier with homes in London and an estate in Scotland. They said they were extremely concerned for his welfare and urged anyone who sees him to call 999.
Police say Mr Boumeester, a father of two, had recently lost his job in the City and was known to be depressed. Recent records show that he is on the board of the Dutch banking group ABN Amro and a number of other City firms. The bank was the subject of the disastrous take over by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 2007 which plunged RBS and its then chairman Sir Fred Goodwin into crisis.
Police in Westminster said Mr Boumeester was last seen in London on Sunday night.
He had been due to attend a meeting with a headhunter agency in the City on Monday morning but did not turn up. The company contacted his PA who then alerted police when she could not trace him by Monday evening. Officers say they have been to Mr Boumeester’s homes in Clapham and Victoria and what is described as an estate in Scotland but they can find no trace of the businessman.
Mr Boumeester was the legal owner of six guns including shotguns and rifles. Police have found four of the weapons at his homes in Scotland and London but two shotguns are outstanding. Detecive Inspector Mick Standing said: “We are seriously concerned for the safety of Mr Boumeester. We are extremely keen to locate him as soon as possible to make sure that he is well.
“There is particular concern because he is a registered firearms keeper and we cannot account for two of the firearms he owns. I would emphasise that we are conecrned for his safety. The issue is not about the public’s safety.” Police urged members of the public not to approach Mr Boumeester if he is spotted but to call 999. The banker is believed to be driving his blue 56 plate Range Rover.
So, while he may be depressed, the $64,000 question is what medication has been prescribed to him – an SSRI like Seroxat maybe?
Let’s wait to see how this story turns out, but we know that SSRIs and guns don’t mix.