COME HOME LIAM
Scotland boss in plea as family cling to hope
The national team boss recorded a video message as police focused their search for Liam on three areas.
The 16-year- old was last seen a week ago yesterday after boarding a bus in Aberdeen.
McLeish, who played for Aberdeen in the 80s, yesterday appealed directly to the missing teen, saying: “Liam, if you are watching this message, please come home.
“Your mum and the family are very anxious to see you returning.”
He added: “This is an urgent appeal for anybody who knows the whereabouts of Liam Smith.
“Liam went missing on November 17 so anybody who has seen Liam in the days since should please contact Police Scotland.”
Liam’s mum, Alix Smith, said his family and friends are “clinging to hope” that he is taking shelter somewhere.
She said: “Not knowing where Liam is is just so painful for us and we just want to find him safe.
“Thank you to everyone who has shared the social media appeals, to those people who have phoned the police with potential sightings of Liam, and for the many comments and kind words that have been posted.”
Police have revealed they are focusing their search on three locations identified as “areas of interest”.
They include the spot where he was last seen at Aberdeen’s Union Square, and in Banchory and Crathes in Aberdeenshire.
It’s understood Liam bought a ticket for Raemoir Road in Banchory, which is about 18 miles from the city.
A passenger on the bus has come forward to say they believe Liam may have disembarked at Crathes, three miles before Banchory.
Exactly a week after his disappearance, officers returned to Union Square and the bus station to speak to members of the public.
Police also boarded a number of 202 buses to speak to drivers and passengers.
Liam was seen on CCTV entering Union Square shopping centre before boarding a 202 Stagecoach bus at 1.11pm on November 17.
When last seen, the teen, who is about 6ft 4in tall, was wearing a dark top, blue jeans and Nike Air Max trainers. He had a camouflage North Face backpack.
He did not have a mobile phone with him. Police say they have received about 100 calls with potential information.
Specialist searches, including a search of the River Dee by marine and dive units, are continuing in both areas.
Off icers were carrying out patrols and an incident unit was also set up in Banchory.
Pos t e r s appe a l ing for information have also been put up at locations across the area, including at Aberdeen bus station’s Stagecoach stand.
Ch Insp Martin Mackay said: “Over the past week we have enlisted the expertise of resources ranging from the police helicopter to specialist search advisers and the dog unit.
“There is no denying this is a challenging inquiry, not helped by the fact Liam does not have access to a mobile phone and that no one knows for sure why he would choose to head in this direction.
“I must highlight the support we have received from the public, ranging from people calling in with information and potential sightings of Liam to simply sharing our appeals online.
“I don’t think it would be wrong for me to say his disappearance has significantly affected not just his family and friends but the entire North East community and beyond.
“If you have any information at all which could assist, please contact police.”
Your mum and the family are very anxious to see you returning
APPEAL Liam Smith. Police are basing their search on three areas URGENT Scotland manager Alex McLeish, who played for Aberdeen CAMERA Images of Liam from CCTV at Union Square