Gothenburg Great Alex McLeish has made a personal appeal for missing schoolboy Liam Smith to come home.
The Scotland manager’s plea came as searches continued for the 16-year-old, a pupil at Westhill Academy, who has been missing since last Saturday.
#Football legend Alex McLeish has issued a personal appeal to help find missing 16-year-old Liam Smith from #Aberdeen. Officers have been asked to share this video today with the public in the hope it can encourage and prompt people to come forward with information. Most importantly, it also appeals for Liam – a massive football fan – to let someone know he is OK. Scotland National Team boss Alex said: "Liam, if you are watching this message – please come home." Chief Inspector Martin Mackay said: "It is one week today since Liam went missing and I don’t think it would be wrong for me to say his disappearance has significantly affected not just his family and friends but the entire North East community and beyond. "If you have any information at all which could assist please contact Police on 101 quoting ref. no. 1302 of Nov 18."
Posted by North East Police Division on Saturday, 24 November 2018
A video was released by Police Scotland, which showed the former defender make an impassioned appeal to the teenager.
He said: “This is an urgent appeal for anybody who knows the whereabouts of Liam Smith.
“Liam, if you’re watching this message, please come home. Your mum Alix and your family are very anxious to see you returning.
“Liam went missing on November 17 so anybody who has seen Liam in these days since that date, please contact Police Scotland or his family.”
Officers were out over the weekend retracing Liam’s steps. They began at the McDonald’s on Union Street, before travelling to Union Square and to the bus station – where Liam bought a bus ticket to board the 202 Stagecoach service towards Banchory on November 17.
It is thought that he got off the bus at Crathes and searches continued there and in Banchory yesterday.
Police Scotland has also received support from the Aberdeen and Braemar Mountain Rescue Teams.
Chief Inspector Martin Mackay said: “It is more than one week since Liam went missing and I don’t think it would be wrong for me to say his disappearance has significantly affected not just his family and friends but the entire north-east community and beyond.
“We are very grateful for the many messages of support for both Liam’s family and the police inquiry and the suggestions we have received.
“We don’t know where Liam was intending on going last Saturday and the Crathes and Banchory areas are vast and include challenging terrain. We are continuing to urge anyone with information to contact police on 101 using reference number 1302 of November 18.”