Mountain rescue team join search for man missing in Arrochar Alps

By Democrat reporter

Police Scotland are appealing for information after an abandoned car was discovered near Arrochar Loch Longside at the foot of the Cobbler.

Police received a number of reports regarding a blue Volkswagen Golf GTI, registration S274 OGB, which they believe belongs to Thomas Saunders (58), from Edinburgh.

The car was abandoned near to a forestry track in Ardgarten and the Arrochar mountain rescue team are now taking part in the search, which resumed at first light on Monday.

Inspector Alan Paterson from Dumbarton police station said: “We are becoming increasingly concerned about Thomas’s well-being and are appealing any members of the public who are walking in the area to please keep a look out for Thomas.

“I would also urge any friends or family of Thomas to please get in touch to assist with our enquiries to locate him.”

Officers have been carrying out inquiries to try and trace Thomas, whose Facebook profile reveals that he may have been a climber, and to find out how long the car has been lying there.

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CCTV image of Thomas Saunders taken while shopping in ASDA.

Thomas is described as white, of medium build, with green eyes and short white/grey hair. He may not be clean shaven. Efforts to obtain a photograph of Thomas are ongoing.

Inspector Paterson, Dumbarton Police Station, said: “It is unusual for a car to be left in this area with no trace of the driver. We are appealing to anyone who may have information as to why it has been left there, or for how long.

“Officers have been trying to trace the owner of the vehicle, Thomas Saunders, but efforts to far have been unsuccessful. As time goes on we are growing increasingly concerned for him and want to make sure he is safe and well.

“If anyone has seen the pictured vehicle in the area over the past days and weeks we would ask you to get in contact.

“We would also appeal for anyone who knows of Thomas Saunders or his whereabouts to get in touch. Thomas, we would also ask you to get in touch with the police so we can make sure you are okay.”

Anyone with information should contact Police via 101l, quoting incident number 1270 of Friday 28 December 2018.

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