Missing man posters go up in Kilsyth

Police are appealing for the public’s assistance in tracing a vulnerable missing man.

Mr Gerrard (69) was reported missing from Bonnybridge Hospital on Tuesday May 10. The last confirmed sighting of him was by a member of the public who saw him on the outskirts of Kilsyth at approximately 6pm.

He was seen walking on the pavement on north side of the A803 near the entrance to Colzium Estate in the direction of Kilsyth. He has not been seen since.

Central Scotland Police are liaising with Strathclyde Police to further the search for Mr Gerrard.

Posters with his photograph are being distributed throughout the Kilsyth area to encourage members of the public who may have seen him on Tuesday evening or since then to contact the police.

Inspector David Mitchell said: “Mr Gerrard has not been seen since Tuesday evening at 6pm. Along with his family, we are now extremely concerned for his welfare given that no-one has contacted us with reports of any further confirmed sightings.

“We are using police search experts to help us in our strategy to locate Mr Gerrard. Our searches so far have covered extensive areas of countryside between Bonnybridge and Kilsyth as well as the villages and main centres of population.

“I would appeal again to anyone who saw Mr Gerrard on Tuesday afternoon or evening or in the days since to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Mr Gerrard is described as 5ft 7ins tall of medium build, with brown/greying receding hair. He wears glasses but was not thought to be wearing them when he was last seen. He was wearing a dark fleece jacket, dark trousers and dark shoes with a white sole. He speaks with a strong Aberdeenshire accent, although he had lived in Central Scotland for a number of years.

Anyone with information should contact Central Scotland Police on 01786 456 000.