Shaun Ritchie

One year on from when Shaun Ritchie was last seen Police Scotland would like to remind members of the public that he is stilling missing and enquiries to trace him are continuing.

Shaun Ritchie

Shaun Ritchie was reported missing on Sunday 2 November 2014 after last being seen in the Strichen area on Friday 31 October 2014. 

It is hoped that the renewed appeal a year to the day he went missing will help jog memories and generate new lines of enquiry.

Since Shaun was reported missing extensive police searches have covered a total area of 21 square kilometres, making this one of the biggest ever search operations carried out by Police Scotland.

During the searches, divisional officers have been assisted by the Police Scotland Grampian Mountain Rescue Team, along with the Aberdeen, Tayside and RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Teams, Dive and Marine Unit and Police Scotland Air Support.

More than 200 specialist search trained officers from across Scotland have been involved in the search for Shaun, along with 27 dogs.

Police Scotland has also used the expertise of a forensic soil scientist and a geoscientist to assist with the enquiry.

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Mackay said: "It is now one year since Shaun Ritchie was last seen and we would want to stress that this is still a missing person enquiry. Extensive and thorough searches have been carried out but Shaun has still not been found.

"Clothing belonging to Shaun was found in the initial stages of the enquiry however there is no evidence to date to suggest that Shaun has been a victim of any crime.

"As always we will examine all the information we have and we will also react to new information. That is why we are appealing again to anyone who may have information that can help find him contact us.

"As the weather has changed through the year and water levels have dropped this has allowed us to return to the area where Shaun was last seen and under take further searches. The investigation remains open and is regularly reviewed.

"Shaun's family have experienced a living nightmare since his disappearance and they just want answers. Our support to them continues alongside our efforts to find Shaun and our thoughts are with them on this difficult day."


 

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They can be contacted via telephone on free phone 116 000 or by visiting the website at www.missingpeople.org.uk .

Call 101 for non-emergencies and general enquiries, in an emergency call 999. If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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