Family launch petition for Fraserburgh’s Shaun Ritchie

Shaun Ritchie turns 22 today
Shaun Ritchie turns 22 today

The family of a missing Fraserburgh man have had over 1,600 people sign a petition to have his disappearance re-investigated.

Shaun Ritchie’s aunt Jenna Wilson began the petition on Thursday May 12, four days before her nephew’s 22nd birthday and over 19 months since Mr Ritchie was last seen.

Mr Ritchie was last seen on October 31 2014 at a farm in the Strichen area after attending a Halloween party.

He was reported missing two days later on November 2.

Ms Wilson has now started the petition, Justice for Shaun, on Change.org, to try and re-ignite the investigation in Mr Ritchie’s disappearance.

In the petition Ms Wilson states that: “Shaun disappeared on October 31st 2014 never seen again, no DNA at the last place he was seen nothing.

“No one vanishes off the earth without the trace.”

The aunt asks that the public help them reach enough signatures to take the petition to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Ms Wilson stated: “Hopefully [we] get the answers we need and get justice for Shaun.”

Mr Ritchie’s sister Nicole Shand commented on the petition: “He’s my brother and we need justice.”

Detective Chief Inspector Matt Mackay has previously said that he remained “open-minded” regarding Mr Ritchie’s disappearance but the Police Scotland were very much treating the investigation as a missing person case.

Charles Reid, Shaun Ritchie’s father, commented on the petition: “ My son Shaun has been missing for over 18 months and police Scotland refuse to believe that criminality has been involved despite criminal activity being committed within the group he was with in the area he went missing from.”

Since his disappearance Police Scotland have covered an area of 21 kilometres with over 200 specialist officers from all over the country helping to look for Shaun Ritchie in what became one of the biggest operations ever launched by the force.

Last year on the anniversary of his disappearance the police launched a fresh appeal for information on the missing man hoping that it would generate new lines of enquiry.

However no fresh leads into the disappearance appear to have been uncovered.

In the weeks after the disappearance resources including the Police Scotland helicopter, the marine and dive unit, dog handlers and volunteers from mountain rescue teams were all used.