Father of boy who vanished 40 years ago ‘still in limbo’

Three-year-old Sandy went missing from his grandmother's garden 40 years ago. Picture: Police Scotland

Three-year-old Sandy went missing from his grandmother's garden 40 years ago. Picture: Police Scotland

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The father of a boy who vanished without trace 40 years ago says he thinks about his son all the time and remembers the day he disappeared “like it was yesterday”.

Phil Davidson, 66, said “it was as if a spaceship came down and took him away” when his three-year-old son Sandy went missing in North Ayrshire in 1976.

Sandy Davidson disappeared from his grandmother’s garden in the Bourtreehill area of Irvine on 23 April that year, when he was just a month short of his fourth birthday.

He was playing at the home in St Kilda Street with his younger sister Donna, then aged two, when the family dog escaped from the garden. Sandy is thought to have chased after the pet, but he never returned.

Despite an extensive search by the police and members of the community for the boy - who had distinctive blue eyes and curly blonde hair - no trace of Sandy was found and there have been no positive sightings of him since 1976.

On Saturday, police launched a fresh push for information about the disappearance in a bid to end the 40-year “limbo” his family has endured.

Mr Davidson said: “It has been 40 years but feels like 40 minutes. I still think about him every day. I still see him every day in my head.”

He added: “It was as if a spaceship came down, took him up and took him away. I think about Sandy all the time.”

Mr Davidson said it was a “terrible time” when his son vanished, and that hunting for him was “like looking for a needle in a haystack”.

He has urged anyone with any possible new information to get in touch with police and said: “Not knowing where he is kills me. We are all in limbo. He was my first born.”

Police Scotland renewed an appeal for information.

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