A search will resume at the weekend for an 83-year-old walker who has been missing for a week.
Clifford Wannop was on holiday in the Sleat area on Skye when he failed to return from a short walk in the forest near the Kinloch Lodge Hotel. Extensive searches by three mountain rescue teams and Search and Rescue Dogs Association handlers have so far failed to find the man.
Helicopter and lifeboat searches have also been unsuccessful.
A meeting was held today at Portree police station to review the search. Inspector Duncan Maclean of the Northern Constabulary said: “The Kinloch area has been extensively searched since Friday for Mr Wannop.
“It is hoped to continue with further searches on Saturday with police and SARDA dogs and the three local mountain rescue teams from Skye, Kintail and Glenelg.
“We are continuing to appeal to anybody who may have seen Mr Wannop or been in the area to contact us.”
Mr Wannop is described as white, clean shaven, 1.63m (5ft 4ins) tall, bald and with a slim build. He was last seen wearing brown trousers, a brown checked shirt, a beige – possibly faded – quilted jacket and a flat cap. His family says he is very fit and active and looks more like a man in his early 60s.
Searches of the area have been carried out by Skye, Kintail and Glenelg Mountain Rescue Teams; Sarda dogs and handlers; police dogs and handlers; Kyle and Broadford Coastguard teams: Mallaig and Kyle Lifeboats and helicopters from both RAF Kinloss and Stornoway Coastguard.
Nearby waterways have been searched by local boats and kayaks.
A police spokesperson said: “Despite extensive searches, Mr Wannop has not been traced and there is obvious concern for him.”
The walker was reported missing about 7.15pm last Friday, 2 October. Anyone who been in the Kinloch area at that time, who may have any information about his possible whereabouts, or who may have sighted Mr Wannop, is asked to contact police at Portree, Isle of Skye on 01478 612888, their local or any other police station or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.