Po­lice make fresh ap­peal a week af­ter Lee Brown last seen

Fo­cus on River Ericht with fire ser­vice and po­lice divers check­ing wa­ter and shore­line for ‘vul­ner­a­ble’ man

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - JAMIE BUCHAN [email protected]­courier.co.uk

Fears are grow­ing for a miss­ing Blair­gowrie man who van­ished from his home a week ago.

Lee Brown has not been seen for seven days, de­spite ex­ten­sive search ef­forts by the emer­gency ser­vices and mem­bers of the pub­lic.

The 34-year-old, who has been de­scribed as vul­ner­a­ble, was re­ported miss­ing in the early hours of Fri­day Novem­ber 30.

A large-scale hunt around of the River Ericht was car­ried out over sev­eral days fol­low­ing a pos­si­ble sight­ing.

Fire crews and mem­bers of the pub­lic joined the river­side search on Satur­day evening, but no trace of Mr Brown was found.

Po­lice re­turned to the town yesterday, seven days af­ter he went miss­ing.

Mr Brown has been de­scribed by po­lice as a “high risk” and it is be­lieved he left home with­out his phone.

In­spec­tor Emma Bow­man, who is lead­ing the in­quiry, said yesterday: “We are grow­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned for Lee’s wel­fare, given he has now been miss­ing for a week.

“Of­fi­cers re­vis­ited the area where he was last seen in the early hours of this morn­ing in the hope of jog­ging peo­ple’s me­mories.

“Spe­cial­ist searches have been car­ried out along the banks of the River Ericht and nearby wooded ar­eas.

“The fire and res­cue ser­vice and po­lice ma­rine dive unit con­ducted a search of the wa­ter’s sur­face and shore­lines, which con­tin­ued over a pe­riod of four days.”

She said: “Of­fi­cers are con­tin­u­ing with house-to-house inquiries and re­view­ing CCTV. We would again ask res­i­dents to check any sheds, garages or out­build­ings for any signs that some­one might have been there”.

Mr Brown uses a walk­ing stick and is around 5ft 10in, slim and has short brown hair.

He could have been wear­ing a cam­ou­flage jacket and a blue bucket hat when he dis­ap­peared.

Any­one with any in­for­ma­tion is asked to con­tact the po­lice on 101 or speak to any po­lice of­fi­cer.

Lee Brown, 34, went miss­ing from his home in Blair­gowrie on Fri­day Novem­ber 30. He uses a walk­ing stick and could be wear­ing a cam­ou­flage jacket and a blue hat.

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