Published: 26/03/2014 12:51 - Updated: 26/03/2014 13:05

Family of missing Buckie man (73) thank searchers

Ian Bramald (73) was last seen on February 26
Ian Bramald (73) was last seen on February 26

THE family of a missing Buckie pensioner have thanked the community and emergency services for their efforts.

Ian Bramald (73) went missing four weeks ago today.

His son James said they had been overwhelmed by the huge amount of work and support that had gone into looking for him, and the family now wanted closure.

Mr Bramald was last seen around two miles south of his home, in an area near Drybridge and Thornybank, at about 9.30am on Wednesday, February 26.

Since then significant searches have been carried out involving local volunteers, police and coastguard teams, mountain rescue teams, specialist search dogs, divers and the Police Scotland helicopter along with an RAF search and rescue aircraft.

James Bramald, who joined searchers looking for his father, said the family had been "astonished" by the turnout of local people to help.

He added: "We think it is incredible that so much has been done to try and find him by so many people, the police and other agencies.

"We are delighted by all that effort and I know that although he has not been found yet, it is not through a lack of effort that is for sure.

"It has been a great comfort to us, especially my mother Shirley, to realise there has been so many people in the community reaching out by volunteering and spending their own time to help the search.

"That was really good to see and has helped us at this time.

"We now just want some closure, to find him, in whatever state just does not matter, just so we can bring him home and take care of him."

Police Scotland issued posters of Mr Bramald, and his family made up their own to distribute in the area.

An appeal was also issued to walkers in the Buckie area to keep a lookout for any sign of the missing man.

Searches for Mr Bramald will continue and Inspector Colin Mowat is appealing for anyone with information to get in contact.

Inspector Mowat added: "Obviously it is a great concern that Mr Bramald has not yet been traced despite the significant resources that have been used to look for him.

"We would ask people again to check their gardens and outbuildings for any sign of anything unusual."

Mr Bramald is described as approximately 5ft 10in to 6ft in height, with dark hair receding on top.

When last seen he was wearing a short green waterproof jacket, corduroy trousers, a cap and glasses.

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