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Missing man's family 'overwhelmed' by public support

Arnold Mouat was last seen in Bo'ness, near Falkirk, on Thursday, July 6.

Arnold Mouat: Community searches have been carried out.
Arnold Mouat: Community searches have been carried out. Police Scotland

The family of a missing man has been "overwhelmed" by support from the community.

Arnold Mouat was last seen around 11.30pm on Thursday July 6 in Bo'ness, near Falkirk.

The 64-year-old left a house in Panbrae Road that night and has not been seen since.

Community searches overseen by the police were carried out this week around Deanfield Park in Bo'ness.

On Friday, Mr Mouat's family released a statement urging the missing man to contact them.

It read: "We're overwhelmed by the support shown by the local and wider community and are extremely grateful to everyone who has offered to help find Arnold.

"This includes the volunteers who assisted the police with searches yesterday morning and afternoon. This has been a very difficult time for all of us and we want to find him as quickly as possible. 

 "We ask anyone who has information that might assist police with their ongoing search effort to please make contact immediately. Likewise, Arnold, if you're reading this then please let us know that you're OK."

Police helicopters, the marine unit and force dogs have been involved in the search for Mr Mouat so far, while members of the public in Bo'ness, West Lothian and Falkirk have been asked to check their gardens, garages and outhouse for any signs of him.

Inspector Jim Young said: "We are continuing our search to find Arnold today and are again appealing to the public for their assistance.

"'I'd like to pay tribute to Arnold's family, who have shown incredible strength during what is undoubtedly a very difficult time. 

"I would also like to thank the public for their assistance throughout this investigation, their support has been crucial.

"Unfortunately we are still looking for that key piece of information that will lead to us finding Arnold and give us the answers his family are desperately seeking."

Mr Mouat is described as having a slim build, blue eyes and dark, receding hair. He is around 6ft 3in and has a north of Scotland/Shetland accent.

He is believed to be wearing blue trainers but the rest of his clothing is unknown. He has previously lived in the Aberdeen and Shetland areas.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101.

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