The family of a missing Moray man have issued an emotional appeal for him to return home, more than a month since he was last seen.
Alan Morrison, from Buckie, was reported missing two weeks ago having last been seen on Christmas Eve.
Searches for the 47-year-old have focused around his home in the Lawson Place area, with specialist teams scouring routes he was known to walk such as the Burn of Buckie and the coastline.
His family yesterday released a joint statement through the police, in the hope that Mr Morrison might see it and return.
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They said: “It becomes harder each day to deal with the fact we don’t know where he has gone, or what has happened to him.
“Alan – if you see this appeal, please know just how much we want you home.”
The statement also thanked locals for the support they have offered at “such a difficult time”.
Detective Inspector, Norman Stevenson, added: “We continue to carry out extensive inquiries and searches led by specialist teams including the dive unit and dog unit, with assistance from the police helicopter.
“We have also had invaluable support from the coastguard and RNLI which I am extremely grateful for.
“Alan’s family is desperate to know what has happened to him and I would urge anyone with information to get in touch.”
Buckie residents have been urged to check their gardens, sheds and outbuildings for any sign of Mr Morrison.
Mr Morrison is described as about 5ft 9ins, of medium build with short dark and grey receding hair and a beard.
He is believed to be wearing dark Adidas Samba trainers, a long-sleeved dark T-shirt, a navy padded jacket and could also be wearing a beanie hat and gloves. He is also a heavy smoker.