A police helicopter took to the skies above the north-east today as the force continues its efforts to trace a missing Fraserburgh pensioner.
Divers, the dog unit and specialist officers have been scouring the town and surrounding area for four days to try and find William Ritchie, who was reported missing on Sunday.
Police tweeted today: “Searches continue in #Fraserburgh today with support from @policescotland’s helicopter to trace MISSING pensioner William Ritchie. 4 days have passed since the 90-yr-old was reported missing – anyone with info can contact 101, incident no. 2549 of Jan 14.”
As part of their inquiries officers have been extensively reviewing CCTV footage and speaking to people in the local area who have contacted them with potential sightings.
Last night the neighbours who reported Mr Ritchie, also known as Bill, made a plea for him to return home.
Inspector Kevin Goldie, who is leading inquiries, said: “Thank you to everyone who has contacted us with information so far and taken the time to share our appeals. It is clear Bill is a well-respected figure in the local community and that people are anxious to know where he is.
“Our efforts are ongoing to search for him and will continue over the coming days. Once again I would appeal to anyone with information to contact Police on 101 quoting incident no. 2549 of Jan 14.”
Mr Ritchie is described as being around 5ft 7, of a slim build, with short grey hair. At this time it is not known what he is wearing when he went missing, however he usually wears a 3/4 length black jacket and potentially a flat cap. He regularly shops at Asda, the local Co-op and attends at the post office at Mid Street.