Drone ap­peal in search for man

Miss­ing: Po­lice keen for pos­si­ble footage of beach

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY STEPHEN WALSH

Po­lice are try­ing to trace a mem­ber of the pub­lic whose drone may hold the key to find­ing miss­ing man Alas­tair Done.

It is now over a week since the Cheshire man, 25, was last seen at Balme­die beach af­ter trav­el­ling from Crewe by rail.

Po­lice say there have been nu­mer­ous re­ported sight­ings of Mr Done and they be­lieve he was in the beach area about 3pm on Satur­day Jan­uary 5.

They also be­lieve a drone was be­ing used in the area.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Sam Buchan said: “I would urge the per­son fly­ing this drone to get in touch as soon as pos­si­ble – you may have cap­tured footage of Alas­tair but not re­alised and it may be cru­cial to our in­quiries.

“Thank you once again to the pub­lic for your as­sis­tance and in­for­ma­tion so far, and to Aberdeen Coast­guard which has been as­sist­ing.”

Mr Done was spot­ted in the car park by a dog walker who raised con­cerns for his well­be­ing with po­lice.

He was later iden­ti­fied as hav­ing trav­elled from Crewe to Aberdeen Rail Sta­tion, where his train ar­rived on Fri­day Jan­uary 4 at 3.51pm.

He went into Aberdeen Mar­ket and was seen on CCTV at Pre­mier Stores at Balme­die at around 1pm on Jan­uary 5 buy­ing food and drink. Since then clothes match­ing those he was wear­ing have been re­cov­ered on the beach around one mile north of the car park.

Po­lice said he stayed at the White Horse Inn at Balme­die on Fri­day night and was spot­ted walk­ing along the dual car­riage­way in the direc­tion of Balme­die that same day.

Spe­cial­ist po­lice units, in­clud­ing a he­li­copter, have been search­ing in the area.

Mr Done is about 5ft 11in, has cropped hair and wears glasses.

When last seen he was wear­ing a black hooded fleece, black walk­ing boots and car­ried a black ruck­sack with a blue roll­mat at­tached.

He was also car­ry­ing a green shop­ping bag.

CON­CERN: Alas­tair Done, 25, from Cheshire has not been seen since Jan­uary 5

Po­lice search­ing for Mr Done at Balme­die beach

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