Body confirmed as missing Ruairidh Sandison, Peterhead

Published 20 September 2019

Following the recovery of a body on the North East coast at Boddam, on Wednesday, 18 September 2019, Police Scotland can confirm it has now been positively identified as Ruairidh Sandison, from Peterhead.

Ruairidh was reported missing on Saturday 10 August 2019, after failing to return home from a night out in the centre of Peterhead. Ruairidh was last seen by friends in the early hours of Saturday 10 August in the Gadle Braes area of the town.

Following Ruairidh's disappearance an extensive investigation and search operation was launched, led by the Buchan Community Policing Team with the valuable assistance of specialist resources from the Operational Support Unit including Police Search Advisers, the Dive & Marine Unit, Air Support and the team trained in using Police Scotland’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft System. The Coastguard and RNLI have also greatly assisted.

Police and partners have reiterated their appreciation to Ruairidh’s friends, family and the local community for their continued support and assistance throughout the investigation.

The family of Ruairidh Sandison have issued the following statement:

“We would like to thank everyone for their support over the last six weeks and since Ruairidh was found on Wednesday.

“Ruairidh was an amazing, talented young man with many plans for the future and we are heartbroken that we will not now see these fulfilled.

“We would like to thank the police for all their hard work and also the Coastguard and RNLI.

“We would like to say a particular thank you to all our and Ruairidh's friends who have been amazing in their efforts to search for Ruairidh and willingness to help and support us.”


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