Dog and dive unit assist searches for missing Fraserburgh man

Published 17 January 2018
Three days on since pensioner William Ritchie was reported missing to Police from his home in Fraserburgh, specialist officers will continue their extensive searches today (Wednesday January 17, 2018) as part of the ongoing enquiry to find him.        Searchers with assistance from Police Scotland's dog and dive unit will continue to scour potential routes the 90-year-old might have taken in the days leading up to his disappearance, focusing on the A981 which runs from Strichen to Fraserburgh.    Mr Ritchie regularly walked in and around the town and was known on occasion to have walked as far as Strichen and Memsie. He was reported missing on Sunday January 14, 2018, by a neighbour at his home in the West Road area and officers continue to appeal to anyone who can piece together his movements to get in touch.     Fraserburgh Inspector Kevin Goldie said: "It has been three days since Mr Ritchie was reported missing to Police and our concerns for him increase every day. This is before we start taking into account the current unfavourable weather conditions we are currently dealing with, what with the snow that fell overnight and freezing temperatures.     "Search teams are continuing with their efforts this morning focusing on the A981 which runs from Fraserburgh to Strichen. A dive unit will also be assisting to thoroughly check the harder to reach verges at the side of the road.      "Once again I would appeal to anyone who saw Mr Ritchie going as far back as the past couple of weeks to please get in touch as we continue to build a picture of his daily life. He is clearly a well-kent face in the area and there has been a great deal of support from the local community so far to help find him."    Mr Ritchie is described as being around 5ft 7, of a slim build, with short grey hair. At this time it is not known what he is wearing when he went missing, however he usually wears a 3/4 length black jacket. He regularly shops at Asda, the local Co-op and attends at the post office at Mid Street.    Anyone with information should contact Police on 101 quoting incident no. 2549 of Jan 14.       

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