Police are today stepping up their hunt for a vulnerable man missing from a north-east town after a public appeal yielded a number of new sightings.
Alexander Bain was reported missing from the Alford area on Wednesday.
Dog units, along with a police helicopter and a dozen officers, have been taking part in the search.
Today officers were focusing their search efforts around Kirkton of Tough. They are also putting up new missing posters at shops in the area.
The 51-year-old, also known as Alec, was last seen on Main Street at 2.30pm on Wednesday.
A police spokeswoman said yesterday’s public appeal resulted in a number of new sightings of Alec between 4.15pm and 6pm.
Inspector Graeme Allan, who is leading the search, said: “As time goes by we are increasingly anxiously to trace Alec.
“We have had an overwhelming response from members of the public and the community and we are thankful to those who have been in touch.
“A number of people have come forward to report sightings of him.
“All the information we have gathered so far suggest he was on foot in the Balloch, Denmill and Kirkton of Tough areas between around 4.15pm and 6pm on Wednesday July 11, and our searches are focusing on that area.
“Specialist resources including the use of police dogs will continue today.
“While we are grateful to members of the public who have offered to support the search however the terrain is undulating with a number of bog, marsh and forest areas so we would ask that the coordinated police search is allowed to continue without disruption.
“We are continuing to urge anyone who may have seen him particularly if you were driving in the area and may have dash cam footage to contact us on 101 using reference number 3009 of July 11.
“Alec is known to walk long distances and he might have sought shelter in the Alford area.
“I would urge people to check any outbuildings or sheds that they have for signs he may have been there.”
Alec is described as 6ft 5ins, with a slim build.
When he was last seen he was wearing black jogging bottoms, a blue jacket with white stripes down the sleeve and brown training shoes.
He was also carrying a Tesco bag.
Residents in the Alford area have been asked to check their sheds for any signs of Mr Bain having been there.
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 and use reference number 3009 of 11 July 2018.