Scottish family relaunch heartbreaking appeal to find man reported missing three years ago

The family of a man who has been missing for about three years have renewed an appeal to the public to help find their much-missed relative.

Thursday, 1st October 2020, 11:48 am
Updated Thursday, 1st October 2020, 12:01 pm

Tony Parsons, who would now be 66-years-old, travelled from his home in Tillicoultry to Fort William on September 29, 2017, by bicycle.

After failing to return to his family, he was reported missing three days later on October 2 that same year.

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Despite extensive search missions to find him, the much-loved family man is still missing three years on.

Tony Parsons, who was reported missing three years ago picture: Police Scotland
Tony Parsons, who was reported missing three years ago picture: Police Scotland

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On the three year anniversary of the day he went missing, Tony’s family is urging the public to help them in continuing the search for their relative.

The following statement has been released by Tony's son, Mike Parsons, on behalf of his family.

"None of us ever dreamt that three years ago my dad would have gone on his charity bike ride and we would never see him again.

"As a result my family and I have been left with so many unanswered questions that we have to live with every single day about where he is.

"As each special family occasion passes and seeing his grandchildren growing up without their grandad, it reminds us of the harsh reality of him not being here.

"I would ask that if you have any information, no matter how small, please contact the police as it may help to provide us the help and answers we're looking for."

Tony was known to have travelled south on the A82 and was last seen around 11.30pm the same day he left home outside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.

He then continued south in the direction of Tyndrum but neither Mr Parsons or his bicycle has been seen since.

Extensive searches have been carried, including use of the Mountain Rescue Team, Air Support Unit, and Dog Unit, but to no avail.

Civilian volunteers and members of Killin, Oban and Arrochar Mountain Rescue Teams have also assisted with the investigation.

An investigation remains ongoing and officers have renewed an appeal for any information three years on from his disappearance.

Anyone with information can to contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting reference 559 of 2 Oct 2017.

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