Missing Person

Extensive searches have been conducted in Argyll and Bute and Edinburgh to help find a 58-year-old man who was last seen before Christmas.

A blue Volkswagen Golf GTi (S274 OGB) belonging to Thomas Saunders from the Muirhouse area, in the north-west of the city was discovered, apparently abandoned, near to a forestry track in Ardgartan, Argyll and Bute.

To date, despite extensive enquiries, no trace of him has been found. He is described as medium build, with green eyes and short white/greying hair. He may not be clean shaven. The last sighting of Thomas was at the Premier Inn in Leith on Sun (16/12/18) when he was seen driving from the hotel car park in the Volkswagen Golf.

It is not known what route he took, or when he travelled to Argyll and Bute. The car is believed to have been at the location since 18 or 19 December. Chief Inspector Douglas Wilson, Area Commander for Cowal & Lomond, said: "It is not unusual for Thomas not to be in touch regularly with his family or friends however, as each day passes without contact we are becoming increasingly concerned for his well -being. "Anyone who recognises his description and who may have seen him should contact us as a matter of urgency. If you know Thomas and have any knowledge where he is or may have been since call us. "If anyone in Arrochar or Argyll and Bute remembers seeing Thomas's distinctive car being driven in the area please let us know. If any drivers have dashcam footage or if there are walkers or cyclists who may have unknowingly captured Thomas on a GoPro type camera I would urge them to check their device and let us know if there is anything that can help our enquiries. "Enquiries have been ongoing, including searches by our marine unit and helicopter. I am also grateful for the assistance of the Arrochar Mountain Rescue Team. "If Thomas himself sees or hears our appeals please let us know you are safe."

Contact Police Scotland via 101 - incident number 1270 of 28 December 2018 - with any relevant information.

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Donald MacKay (Police, Constable, Argyll and West Dumbartonshire)

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