Hillwalker reported overdue in the Highlands

26 February 2018, 13:59


Rescuers are searching for a hillwalker who has not returned from a walk in the Highlands.

Stephen Mitchell set off for a planned walk on Friday, February 23 in the Bendronaig Lodge, Lurg Mhor and Bearneas areas of Strathcarron.

The 57-year-old had a rucksack and sleeping bag with him and was planning to sleep in bothies during the walk.

Mr Mitchell was reported overdue in the early hours of Monday.

His car was found parked near the Strathcarron Hotel on Monday morning.

Police are appealing for anyone who has information about his whereabouts or used bothies in the area over the weekend to contact them.

A coastguard search and rescue helicopter has been searching the area.

Mr Mitchell is described as 6ft tall with grey hair and is likely to have greying stubble, but no longer wears glasses as he does in the photograph issued.

The walker carries a black rucksack and has either an orange or sulphur coloured sleeping bag with him.

Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting reference NP1324/18.

Another man reported missing in the area earlier this month has yet to be found.

Neil Gibson, 63, failed to return from a planned a walk with his brother in the Achnashellach area in Strathcarron on February 8.

The body of his brother Alan was found two days later in the Beinn Liath Mhor area and the remains of their dog were recovered this week, but Mr Gibson has not been located.