The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and Dundee)

Fears grow in search for hillwalker

Invergowri­e man missing

- JAMIE MILLIGAN jmilligan@thecourier.co.uk

The search is continuing for a missing Invergowri­e pensioner who disappeare­d after going for a weekend Highland hillwalk.

Retired Dundee University lecturer Roger Fletcher was reported missing last Sunday after failing to return from a trek near Dornie.

The 77-year-old former maths professor had left his holiday home early on Sunday morning and the alarm was raised after he failed to return.

His wife Mary remains in Dornie as police, Search and Rescue Dog Associatio­n and Kintail and RAF mountain rescue teams continue efforts to trace Mr Fletcher.

Searches have already been made of his planned route around Bundalloch and Camuslighn­e.

Family friend and neighbour David Pugh revealed that despite suffering from mobility issues, Mr Fletcher is a regular walker.

He said: “Roger and Mary are a week into a two-week holiday.

“Roger walks with a bit of a limp and uses two poles, but he is out walking all the time.

“I phoned the holiday home today to see if there was any change, but there was no answer.

“Roger has been missing since Sunday. At his age he could have easily fallen over.”

A police spokespers­on confirmed that the search for Mr Fletcher was continuing and that he remains “missing”.

He said: “As part of the ongoing search effort to trace Roger Fletcher, who is missing in the Dornie area, police in Lochalsh have received informatio­n about a sighting of a man walking on the A87 on Sunday night.

“Around 7pm, a man in his seventies or eighties was sighted on the main A87 trunk road, approximat­ely four miles west of Cluanie, in the Glenshiel area. He was walking with two poles and wearing outdoor clothing.

“Police and partners are conducting searches of the area and keen to make contact with the man and anyone who walking or driving in the area to establish if they can assist inquiries.”

The Kintail and RAF mountain rescue teams say they are “increasing­ly concerned” for his welfare.

 ??  ?? The Kintail and RAF mountain rescue teams are continuing their search near Dornie for 77-year-old Roger Fletcher.
The Kintail and RAF mountain rescue teams are continuing their search near Dornie for 77-year-old Roger Fletcher.

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