Body found in loch during search for missing man

A body has been found in the search for missing man Allan Burns, who disappeared in January.

Allan Burns, from Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire, was last seen on the afternoon of Friday January 18. Picture: PA
Allan Burns, from Kilbarchan in Renfrewshire, was last seen on the afternoon of Friday January 18. Picture: PA

Police said the body was discovered in the water at Castle Semple Loch in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, shortly before 9am on Sunday.

Formal identification of the body has yet to take place but the family of Allan Burns has been told of the discovery.

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A police search was launched for Mr Burns after he went missing on January 18.

The 71-year-old dementia sufferer was last seen on the cycle path at Kilbarchan, heading towards Lochwinnoch.

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Police Scotland said officers were called to the loch at 8.55am, where the body was was recovered.

There are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death but a post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of death.

A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

On Monday, Mr Burns’ family issued a plea for help to find him following his “completely out of character” disappearance and thanked the police and local community for their efforts in the search.