Bodies found in search for father and son who went missing in Scottish Highlands

30 May 2024, 07:33 | Updated: 30 May 2024, 15:16

Two bodies have been found in the search for a man and his son who went missing during a hike in the Scottish Highlands.

Tom Parry, 49, and his son Richie, 12, were due to return to their Cheshire home on Wednesday after visiting Glen Nevis and Glencoe.

Their car was found in the Three Sisters car park in Glencoe where they stopped the day before to go hillwalking.

In an update on Thursday, Police Scotland said two bodies had been found during a search in the area on Wednesday evening.

A force spokesperson said: "They are yet to be formally identified. However, the family of father and son Tom Parry, 49, and Richie Parry, 12, from Cheshire, who had been reported missing in the area, have been made aware."

Police said enquiries are ongoing, but there are "no apparent suspicious circumstances".

Inspector Craig Johnstone said: "Our thoughts are with all those involved. I would like to thank all emergency services and mountain rescue volunteers."

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.

Richie was a pupil at Alsager School.

Claire Williamson, director of education, strong start and integration at Cheshire East Council, said: "Our thoughts are with Richie's family, friends and the Alsager School community.

"The council's education team is offering support to the school to help staff and pupils at this difficult time."

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Local church St Mary Magdalene Alsager offered its "sincerest condolences and prayers" to all those affected by the "shocking and devastating news".

Posting on Facebook, a spokesperson said the church would be open on Thursday for "anyone who wishes to come in and peacefully hold Tom, Richie, and all their family, in their thoughts and prayers".

Alsager Football Group also paid tribute to Mr Parry and Richie, who was an AFC Alsager youth player.

A spokesperson said: "The thoughts of everyone at the Alsager Football Group are with the family and friends of AFC Alsager youth player Richie and his father Tom."