Police renew appeal over missing Pitlochry OAP

A police handout of missing pensioner William Elder. Picture: Contributed
A police handout of missing pensioner William Elder. Picture: Contributed
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POLICE Scotland today launched a renewed appeal for information in their search for an elderly pensioner who has now been missing from his home in Perthshire for a month.

William Elder. 81, was last seen on the morning of Tuesday, 10 December, at his home at the James Court sheltered housing complex in Pitlochry.

Police Scotland have already voiced the force’s “considerable” concern for the welfare of the missing pensioner who was a keen angler who regularly went for riverside walks in the area.

A helicopter was used to search the River Tummel from Pitlochry down to where the river meets the Tay following Mr Elder’s disappearance and Police Scotland also drafted in search dogs to assist with the search.

A spokesman for the force said today: “One month on since his disappearance, officers from Police Scotland Tayside Division are making a renewed appeal for information as to the whereabouts of Mr Elder. William was last seen at 10.45am on Tuesday, 10 December, at his home address in James Court, Pitlochry. William is 5ft tall, of slim build, and has brown, greying hair.

“When last seen he was wearing a green wax jacket, black loose fitting trousers and brown boots. William has difficulty walking. He has a very distinctive limp and normally uses a walking stick.”

The spokesman added: “His disappearance is considered to be out of character and, given his age and time missing, there is considerable concern for his welfare.

“Officers are keen to speak with anyone who may have seen him in and around the area of Pitlochry town centre. He was also a keen fisherman and anyone who may have known him through this interest is asked to come forward. Anyone who has seen William or has any information as to where he is now should contact Police Scotland on 101 or speak to any officer.”