Hillwalker Appeal In Search For Missing Man

Police searching for a missing man have made an appeal to hillwalkers who might have seen him in the Cairngorms area.

Experienced walker James Robertson, known as Jim, left Glasgow last Monday and had been staying at Bob Scott's Bothy in Glen Lui, Aberdeenshire.

Mountain rescue teams, search and rescue dogs and a coastguard helicopter have been involved in the search for the 61-year-old after he failed to return home.

Officers have now appealed directly to anyone who was in the Derry Lodge area of the Mar Lodge Estate between Tuesday March 1 and the following day.

They are hoping to speak to anyone who stayed at the bothy, about eight miles from Braemar, during the same period as it is understood Mr Robertson had used it as his base before setting out on a day's trek.

Detective inspector Norman Stevenson said: "Jim is an experienced hillwalker who has been to the Cairngorms before but as time goes on we are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare.

"We have no clear indication of the exact route he intended to take, so we are appealing to anyone who may have seen him or spoken to him either at the bothy or on the hill to get in touch.''

Mr Robertson is about 5ft 10ins, of medium build with short grey hair. He wears glasses and may be carrying a large rucksack.

High winds and poor weather meant officers were unable to carry out searches on Tuesday but mountain rescue teams hope the improved weather forecasts for Wednesday will allow efforts to resume.

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