STOP PRESS: Police Scotland can confirm that the body of a man was found near Kingarth on the Isle of Bute around 11.50am on Sunday, 2 February, 2020.  The family of local man Paul Connolly, missing since November 2019, have been made aware of the discovery.  Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the death are ongoing. 

Renewed appeal to trace Paul Connolly two months after last sighting

Connelly (new pic)Police in the Isle of Bute are renewing their appeal for information in order to trace Paul Connolly, pictured left, who has now been missing for two months.

The 45-year-old was reported missing by his family on Friday, 29 November, 2019 after he had not been in contact with them for a number of days, which is out of character for him.

Inquires have established the last confirmed sighting of him was on Wednesday, 27 November near Rothesay Academy.

Prior to this, his last contact with his family was when he was last seen by his brother on Wednesday 20 November.

Paul is described as white, around 5ft 8 inches in height with short dark-coloured hair.  He was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans.

Officers have today released a CCTV image of Paul in the area around the time he disappeared.

In a statement issues through Police Scotland, Paul’s family said: “It has now been nine weeks since our brother Paul was last seen. Me and my family are still so worried and desperate to find him.

“Please, if anyone has seen or heard anything please come forward. This is a desperate plea to get Paul home, any help or information will be greatly appreciated.”

Chief Inspector Douglas Wilson said: “I would like to thank members of the public and media who have assisted officers so far in the search for Paul. Officers are still conducting searches of the local and wider areas.

“Unfortunately it has now been eight weeks since Paul was reported missing and we remain concerned for his welfare.

“Today we have issued a CCTV image of Paul in the hope that this will help to jog the memories of anyone who may have seen him.

“Paul has links to the Inverness area and I would appeal to anyone who may have seen in that area to let us know and Paul if you are reading this please let us know you are safe and well.”

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Paul Connolly – captured on CCTV camera in what looks like a computer shop. Anyone with information on his whereabouts are asked to contact officers through 101 quoting reference number 2911 of Friday, 29 November, 2020.


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