The search for a missing schoolboy will today enter its 10th day as supporters of his family rallied round to help.
Liam Smith went missing from his home in Aberdeen on November 17 and police have been conducting a major search operation since.
Officers were yesterday searching for the 16-year-old in Crathes with the help of a police search helicopter.
Meanwhile friends of the Westhill Academy pupil’s family have set up a Facebook account in a bid to encourage others to keep a lookout for him.
The Missing Liam Smith Facebook page has been launched by Kiri Lou Taylor, of West Yorkshire, and Chloe Hall, of Aberdeen, with the backing of Liam’s mum, Alix.
Almost 1,000 people have “followed” the group in the 24 hours since it was set up.
Mrs Taylor, 36, said: “Chloe and I came up with the idea together to get as much information as possible across social media.
“Anyone with information should call police but we have added a mobile number to the page.
“We’ve not had any calls yet but we would pass on any information we receive to police.”
She added: “I am a parent myself and have experienced what it is like to have a child go missing. That is why I am helping.
“We hope and pray Liam is found soon safe and well. Our thoughts are with Alix and family at this difficult time.”
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The pair who set up the group are encouraging Facebook users to share a picture of Liam’s “missing” poster – issued by police – as their profile image to raise awareness of the search.
Police are focusing their efforts on Crathes after a passenger who caught the same Stagecoach 202 bus from Aberdeen to Deeside said they saw Liam get off at Crathes.
On Saturday – a week after Liam was last seen – officers spoke with shoppers around Union Square shopping centre, where he boarded the bus, and also searched around Banchory.
Specialist search officers have been joined by sniffer dogs, police divers and mountain rescue volunteers in recent days and Scotland manager Alex McLeish made a video appeal.
More than 100 people have called the police with information and all calls have been acted on.
Liam is 6ft 4in, has short brown hair, and when last seen, was wearing a dark top, blue jeans and Nike Air Max trainers.
He is also understood to be carrying a camouflage North Face backpack.
Chief Inspector Martin Mackay, who is leading the inquiry, said: “I would appeal to anyone who was at Crathes on November 17 and saw anyone matching Liam’s description to get in touch.”
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 using reference number 1302 of November 18.