Missing walker Goffredo Bondanelli

Missing walker Goffredo Bondanelli

Police are appealing for information about a hillwalker who has gone missing in the Highlands.

Goffredo Bondanelli has not been seen for almost two weeks, after he embarked on a wild-camping trip in Lochaber.

Police Scotland said the 56-year-old was last seen in Fort William on 3 May boarding a train to Lochailort before undertaking a five-day 76km (47-mile) walk which should have returned him to Glenfinnan on 8 May. Mr Bondanelli would have been camping out on nearby hills and munros during this five day period at sites including Coire na Cnamha, Lochan Fèith Easain and Sgùrr an Utha.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We believe that Mr Bondanelli may have boarded a train on 8 May from Glenfinnan to Arrochar, Argyll.

“However, he may have disembarked elsewhere, possibly intending to walk near Loch Katrine and Callander or the Isle of Arran.

“It has been several days since Mr Bondanelli has been seen or heard from, and police want to ensure he is safe and well.”

Mr Bondanelli is described as about 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, of an athletic build with dark and grey hair, and a greying beard. He is carrying a large rucksack with camping equipment and is believed to be wearing dark outdoor clothing.

Anyone who may have seen him in these areas, or has any other useful information, should contact Police on 101.

Mr Bondanelli’s disappearance follows a search for Edward Davies, who went missing in Glen Coe last weekend.

The 39-year-old Hampshire man was believed to be planning a walk in the Sgùrr na h-Ulaidh last Sunday, but has not been in contact with friends or family since.

Concern was raised for his welfare on Wednesday evening.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue team members searched for him on Wednesday night, with Oban MRT joining the operation, along with search dogs, a Coastguard helicopter and police officers.

Mr Davies is described as white, 5ft 11in (1.80m) tall, slim build with cropped dark brown hair which is longer on top and is likely to be wearing a blue waterproof jacket.

Police urged anyone who saw a man matching Mr Davies’s description in the Glen Coe area on or since Sunday to make contact via 101.

The two men are among several reported missing in the Highlands over the past months.

On Thursday a walker found a body in the Cairngorms.

Police informed the family of Jim Robertson, who had 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.

Three other walkers are still missing in the Highlands. 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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