Mum ‘loses hope’ after body found

Evening Telegraph (Late Extra Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - BY LIND­SEY HAMIL­TON

THE dev­as­tated mum of miss­ing Dundee man An­thony Kel­bie ad­mit­ted to­day that she had lost all hope of her son be­ing found alive after the dis­cov­ery of a man’s body.

Mr Kel­bie, 48, had not been since Au­gust 19 de­spite a large-scale po­lice search in­volv­ing spe­cial­ist of­fi­cers from the dive and marine unit and a po­lice he­li­copter.

After a search was car­ried out in the River South Esk, po­lice re­vealed yes­ter­day that a body was found near Brechin.

A spokes­woman for the force said Mr Kel­bie’s next of kin have been in­formed but no for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion has taken place.

Speak­ing from her home in the Mid­dle­ton Park area of Brechin, Ca­role Kel­bie, 69, to­day said the news of a body be­ing found was the “worst pos­si­ble”.

Mrs Kel­bie told the Tele: “I now fear the worst.

“I have now pretty much lost all hope that my son will be found alive.

“I have a gut feel­ing that this is An­thony.

“I have said all along that I didn’t be­lieve that he would be found alive.

“The po­lice have promised us they will let us know as soon as they have a for­mal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the body that has been dis­cov­ered.

“In the mean­time, we are just sit­ting tight and wait­ing to hear.”

Mrs Kel­bie said that fam­ily mem­bers had gath­ered with her at her home to wait to hear from the po­lice.

She added: “All we can do now is wait to see but it’s not look­ing good.”

A Po­lice Scot­land spokes­woman said: “The body of a man was dis­cov­ered by po­lice of­fi­cers near to Brechin yes­ter­day af­ter­noon as part of the searches for miss­ing per­son An­thony Kel­bie.

“His next of kin have been made aware of the de­vel­op­ment, how­ever, there has been no iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the body at this stage.

“A re­port will be sub­mit­ted to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal.”

The of­fi­cer lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, In­spec­tor Alice Coven­try pre­vi­ously thanked mem­bers of the pub­lic for their help in the search

An­thony, who lives in the Mary­field area of Dundee, was re­ported miss­ing from his mother’s home after go­ing to buy a lighter.

Ear­lier that day he had been ad­mit­ted to Ninewells Hos­pi­tal after suf­fer­ing a bang to the head as well as cuts and grazes sus­tained in a fall dur­ing a seizure. When he was re­leased from hos­pi­tal that af­ter­noon he trav­elled by bus to Brechin.

At 8pm, he left his mother’s house to go the lo­cal shop and hasn’t been seen since.

Only days after his dis­ap­pear­ance Mrs Kel­bie said she feared the worst — that her son would not be found alive.

Po­lice search for An­thony Kel­bie. Above (left): Insp Coven­try and Mr Kel­bie.

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