Clothes recovered in Shaun Ritchie search

Missing Fraserburgh man Shaun Ritchie
Missing Fraserburgh man Shaun Ritchie

Police Scotland have confirmed that items of his clothing belonging to Shaun Ritchie have been recovered as part of the search for the missing 20-year-old.

The clothing was found as part of ongoing searches within the vicinity of where he was last seen.

There continues to be a large number of resources deployed in the search which includes specialist searchers, dog handlers and volunteers from the Police and Braemar Mountain Rescue Teams who have been supported by friends and family of Shaun.

Local Policing Inspector George Cordiner said: “We want to stress this is still a missing person enquiry. Items of Shaun’s clothing have been found a distance from where he was last seen and this indicates that he may have been disorientated and seeking shelter.

“It is now a week since Shaun was last seen and as time goes by we are increasingly concerned for his welfare. We are continuing to search a large open area of land around where Shaun was last seen.

“Police officers will also be in the Fraserburgh area tonight and will visit licensed premises in an attempt to retrace Shaun’s last movements as well as distributing posters.

“Speculation around what might have happened to Shaun before he went missing is not helpful at this time and may cause unnecessary upset to his family.

“The last known sighting of Shaun was in the area between Strichen and the A98 Fraserburgh to Banff Road after he had been for a night out on Friday, October 31, 2014.”