Jim Robertson has not been seen for more than two weeks

Jim Robertson has not been seen for more than two weeks

Searches for a walker missing in the Cairngorms for more than two weeks will resume this weekend.

Mountain rescue teams will be based in the area of Derry Lodge on the Mar Lodge Estate and will carry out further searches for 61-year-old Jim Robertson.

Police are continuing to appeal to walkers for sightings of the Glasgow man who his thought to have stayed in the Bob Scott Bothy between 1 March and 2 March.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Officers would also like to remind walkers using the area that Jim is still missing and to come forward if they have information which may be able to assist with the search.”

Inspector Matt Smith, Police Mountain Rescue team leader, said: “Vast areas of the Cairngorms have been searched and we remain indebted to the commitment shown by the volunteers from Braemar, Aberdeen and Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Teams as well as the Search and Rescue Dogs Association and air support from the Coastguard.

“However despite this effort Jim is still missing and we are still encouraging hill-goers to contact us if they have any information which could assist with the search.

“Police can be contacted on 101.”

Mr Robertson’s daughter Lynn has launched a fundraising page for the mountain rescue team at the centre of the search for him.

Lynn Robertson has accepted she and her family will not see Mr Robertson alive again.

She said: “We are raising money in his memory, to support the incredible work of the Braemar Mountain Rescue team who have shown our family, especially our dad, such compassion and commitment.

“We are hoping they can return our dear dad’s body home to us soon. Please kindly donate, however little, to our justgiving page to help them in their efforts.”

Ms Robertson originally set a target of £1,000 for the appeal, but at the time of writing more than £9,000 had been pledged.

Mr Robertson’s daughter also posted a moving tribute to her father on grough’s Facebook page, which included the following: “The desperation and the not knowing were the worst. Or so we thought until Monday when everything changed and we had to accept that the search was then for your body.

“I will never be able to put that pain into words so I won’t even try.

“We all travelled up to Braemar on Wednesday and visited the rescue centre. There were teams up on the hills risking their lives for you while we were there. One of the volunteers took us out to Bob Scott’s Bothy in the Land Rover – we were all thinking of you walking the seven miles out there in the dark with your headtorch on, carrying your rucksack, and your polybag of course.

“We looked out at the mountains that you had looked out at, we walked the path you had walked down and I laid my head where you had laid yours. When we got back to the centre, we had to make another statement, telling everything from your birth up until that present moment. My god dad, I never knew it was possible for one man to have so many jobs, homes and hobbies.”

Anyone wishing to donate to the fund can do so via the justgiving website.

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