Police in appeal for Shaun six months on

Police Scotland are renewing their appeal for information in the search for Shaun Ritchie.
Police Scotland are renewing their appeal for information in the search for Shaun Ritchie.

Six months since Shaun Ritchie was reported missing from the Fraserburgh area, Police Scotland has renewed its appeal for information.

Shaun Ritchie was reported missing on Sunday, November 2, 2014 after last being seen in the Strichen area on Friday, October 31, 2014.

Since then extensive police searches have covered a total area of 21 square kilometres, making this one of the biggest ever search operations carried out by Police Scotland.

During the searches, divisional officers have been assisted by the Police Scotland Grampian Mountain Rescue Team, along with the Aberdeen, Tayside and RAF Kinloss Mountain Rescue Teams, Dive and Marine Unit and Police Scotland Air Support.

More than 200 specialist search trained officers from across Scotland have been involved in the search for Shaun, along with 27 dogs.

Searches were conducted over rough terrain which included large water areas and about 22km of ditches.

Although the searches were scaled back in December and later suspended, work has continued on an intelligence-led basis to trace Shaun.

Searches were carried out earlier this month, as the improved weather conditions offered an opportunity to revisit areas where water levels have receded.

Inspector Stewart Drummond said: “The searches carried out to locate Shaun have been extensive and also challenging due to the difficult terrain. Items of Shaun’s clothing were recovered as part of the early stages of the enquiry which would have placed him in the Greenburn area.

“If Shaun has walked on from this area, as appears to be the case, we have no indication of the direction he has taken, which compounds further searches due to the size of terrain already searched.

“We have interviewed a number of people, including those who were with Shaun on the night he was last seen.

“Although we will always keen an open mind as to the circumstances, there is no evidence to date which would indicate that Shaun has been a victim of any crime. We understand this is a difficult time for Shaun’s family who just want answers and not knowing where he is or what has happened to him is beyond frustration for them.

“We are therefore again appealing for any information which may assist us in finding Shaun and ask people to come forward and contact Police Scotland on 101.”