Call for dash-cam film in hunt for missing cyclist
Motorists are being asked to check their dash-cam footage as the hunt for missing cyclist Tony Parsons enters a third week.
Officers were yesterday (Thursday) still appealing for members of the public to come forward as they look to trace the 63-year-old who vanished during a cycle ride between Fort William and his home in Tillicoultry on Friday September 29.
He arrived in Fort William that afternoon by train and set off on a 100-mile journey along the A82 in what was believed to be a personal challenge.
CCTV footage showed him passing Glencoe village at around 6pm and police enquiries established a sighting of him at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel at around 11.30pm.
He left the area and headed south towards Tyndrum but hasn’t been seen since.
Police are asking anyone who was travelling on the road network between Fort William and Tillicoultry on the evening he went missing – and the days immediately afterwards – to check their dash-cam footage for a man matching Mr Parsons’description.
He is described as 5ft 9ins tall and of stocky build. He was last seen wearing a distinctive red waterproof jacket but was earlier in a blue long-sleeved cycling top, a hi-vis vest, fingerless gloves, beige combat trousers, a silver and grey cycling helmet and walking boots.
He was carrying a silver and blue rucksack and had a yellow framed bike with black handlebars.
Inspector Jo Jollie of Callander Police Station said:“I am appealing directly for drivers who may have passed Tony whilst travelling on the A82 between Bridge of Orchy and Tillicoultry since September 29 to please come forward.
“We are especially keen to hear from anyone with dash cam footage from their vehicle that may show a male matching Tony’s description.
“I would also ask the public to check their outhouses and gardens as Tony may have entered to find shelter.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 559 of October 2.
Police were yesterday (Thursday) also still hunting for missing Plean man Brian McGowan – who hasn’t been seen since Thursday September 21.
Mr McGowan, who was in 1994 jailed for the murder of 54-year-old St Ninians man Andrew“Addie”Robertson, was last sighted in Gallamuir Drive.
While he will remain on licence for the rest of his life police say he is simply a missing person – and there are concerns for his welfare.
Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting 2186 of September 22.
Missing Tony Parsons hasn’t been seen for two weeks