Spe­cial­ist teams scour­ing Crathes Es­tate

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS - T has now been al­most three weeks since Aberdeen teenager Liam Smith dis­ap­peared with­out a trace. Through­out Aberdeen city cen­tre, in the places he was last seen, posters put up in shop win­dows and stuck to lamp-posts serve as a con­stant re­minder of the d

Spe­cial­ist po­lice teams are con­tin­u­ing to search for Liam.

They have con­cen­trated ef­forts on the Crathes Cas­tle and Es­tate grounds since re­ceiv­ing eye­wit­ness re­ports that the school­boy was seen get­ting off a bus there al­most three weeks ago.

Po­lice have used all re­sources at their dis­posal in the hunt for the 16-year-old in­clud­ing a he­li­copter, dog unit and divers.

They are ex­pected to fo­cus on the es­tate and sur­round­ing area for the rest of the week.

The Westh­hill Academy pupil went miss­ing on the af­ter­noon of Novem­ber 17.

Liam’s fam­ily have ap­pealed for in­for­ma­tion on his where­abouts and his mother Alix Smith has also been out search­ing the Crathes Cas­tle grounds.

Chief In­spec­tor Martin Mackay said the ter­rain had been dif­fi­cult and added: “I know that many mem­bers of the pub­lic are still of­fer­ing to as­sist with searches, and please don’t think your of­fers of help are be­ing ig­nored.

“I must stress just how chal­leng­ing the land is we are deal­ing with, rang­ing from dense wooded ar­eas to ex­panses of water, and we don’t want any­one put in harm’s way.”

Miss­ing school­boy Liam Smith, 16

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