Call for dash-cam film in hunt for miss­ing cy­clist

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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

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