THE family of a man missing in the Highlands for almost a month have made an emotional appeal for him to make contact.
Jason Gates, 36, originally from Hampshire, was reported missing during a visit to the Highlands.
He has not been seen since his pet dog, Max, was involved in an incident at a farm in Drumnadrochit where three sheep died.
His family have issued an appeal through the police in the hope of being reunited with Jason.
They said: “As a family, we’re very grateful to members of the emergency services and search and rescue personnel who continue the search for Jason.
“We’d like to thank members of the local community for their assistance and to everyone who has shared the appeal via social media.
“It’s been over three weeks since we’ve heard from Jason and we are increasingly anxious.”
They added: “We’d also like to appeal to Jason directly. if you can see this message, please make contact so we know you’re ok. We just want you to be safe and to be reunited as a family.
“As the search continues, we remain hopeful Jason will be found and reiterate our thanks to everyone involved in the search.
“Any information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, may assist in bringing Jason back to us and so we would urge anyone who can help to get in touch”
Inspector Ian Graham said: “Officers are continuing to search the area where Jason was last seen and would appeal to anyone undertaking outdoor activities to keep an eye out for anything that may help us trace Jason.
“It’s been over three weeks since Jason was seen and it goes without saying we are very concerned for his welfare.
“This week we have officers and police dogs carrying out detailed searches around Drumnadrochit area and would continue to appeal to local residents in particular to check outbuildings and sheds in case Jason has sought shelter.”
“We are continuing to keep Jason’s family updated and provide them with support at this difficult time.”
Jason was reported missing on 17 March. The last sighting was three days earlier in Drumnadrochit.
He is described as approximately 6ft 3in, slim build, with short cropped greying hair and facial stubble.
It is not known what clothes he is wearing. It is reported that he often wears black jeans, a T-shirt, a black padded jacket or tweed jacket, and possibly walking boots. He may also be in possession of a rucksack.