The body was found in the Loch Etchachan area. Photo: Nick Bramhall CC-BY-SA-2.0

The body was found in the Loch Etchachan area. Photo: Nick Bramhall CC-BY-SA-2.0

A walker has found a body in the Cairngorms.

Police have informed the family of Jim Robertson, who has been missing in the area since early March.

The discovery was made on Thursday evening in the Loch Etchechan, north of the Bob Scott Bothy where Mr Robertson is believed to have stayed.

Braemar Mountain Rescue Team said: “Today the team assisted Police Scotland in recovering a body which was found in the Loch Etchachan area in the central Cairngorms.

“The Robertson family are aware and our thoughts are with them all at this time.”

Major repeated searches for Mr Robertson, an experienced hillwalker from Glasgow, were mounted by Braemar and Aberdeen Mountain Rescue Teams, along with other teams and Coastguard helicopter crews, without success.

Jim Robertson

Jim Robertson

The 61-year-old was reported missing after failing to return from a walk in the Cairngorms. He was thought to have stayed in the Bob Scott hut, on the Mar Lodge Estate, and had not been seen since 2 March.

An appeal set up by Mr Robertson’s daughter Lynn to raise funds for Braemar Mountain Rescue Team has brought in more than 11 times her target. Ms Robertson originally set a target of £1,000 for the appeal, but more than £11,600 has so far been raised for the volunteer rescue team through her justgiving page, which has led efforts to find her father.

Four other walkers are still missing in the Highlands. Edward Davies was reported missing after heading for a walk on Sgùrr na h-Ulaidh in Glencoe on Wednesday. Tom Brown and Eric Cyl failed to return from trips in the Steall area of Lochaber and Robin Garton went missing in Glen Coe last summer.

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