A police diving team searching for a missing hillwalker has failed to find any trace of the 65-year-old man despite an extensive search of a Highland river
Fifteen members of the Aberdeen and Greenock-based dive and marine unit scoured Lochaber’s fast-flowing River Nevis and its banks on Tuesday afternoon and evening.
Tom Brown from Lanarkshire disappeared on July 1 after setting off alone in the Nevis Range.
He is known to have checked into the Glen Nevis youth hostel at 5.30pm the following day.
His rucksack was later discovered beside the river.
The latest phase of the search focussed on a stretch of river in the Steall Falls area of Glen Nevis, which entailed a six-mile walk-in by the specialist team.
The divers used snorkel equipment and combed a wide stretch of the river, checking pools and below rock overhangs.
Police are anxious to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Brown on July 1 or 2, and has not yet contacted them.
He is 5ft 10in with bushy silver hair and wears spectacles.
Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team and police have carried out regular searches for both Mr Brown and fellow hillwalker Eric Cyl, a 62-year-old Kilmarnock man who has lived in the south of England for some years but had regularly returned to Scotland’s mountains.
Six-foot tall Mr Cyl, an experienced walker and Munro-bagger, disappeared after heading out alone on May 30.
He started his trek at the Upper Steall car park.
He was carrying two walking poles and had a Camelbak rucksack with water tube.
He was wearing a light grey jacket, dark trousers and brown leather boots. He is of average build with short grey hair.