Attempts to trace a missing 72-year-old man on the Isle of Raasay entered their third day yesterday with search efforts focused on the south end of the island.
Alistair Lovie, who lives on the island and also suffers from dementia, was reported missing on Sunday afternoon after last being seen walking in the Inverarish area.
The alarm was raised regarding his disappearance around 4pm on Sunday afternoon with extensive searches failing to find any trace of the missing man.
Yesterday coastguard rescue teams from Kyle, Dunvegan and Portree were joined by Skye Mountain Rescue Team as the search resumed for a third day.
Police issued an appeal for residents to check outhouses in case the Raasay man had taken shelter in one of the buildings with officers growing “increasingly concerned” as time passes.
Inspector Bruce Crawford said: “As times passes we grow increasingly concerned for Alistair and we know this is a feeling shared in the local community on Raasay.
“Alistair has dementia and it is considered possible that he may have become confused while out walking.
“He was last seen close to a disused mine north of Inverarish but he is physically fit and walks regularly so I would urge people on Raasay to be aware and to report anything at all which may be able to help with tracing him.”
Mr Lovie is described as being 5ft 10in in height, of medium build with brown hair and blue eyes.
He was wearing a black jacket, jeans, a black cap, a blue shirt and a red jumper at the time of his last sighting.
Anybody with information is asked to contact police on 101.