Police still searching for prisoner who 'escaped custody' during funeral

Police have issued a renewed appeal regarding the whereabouts of Jamie Ross, who has been missing since Tuesday.

Police still searching for prisoner who ‘escaped custody’ during funeral in Edinburgh Police Scotland

Police are still searching for a prisoner in Edinburgh who escaped custody while attending a family funeral.

Jamie Ross is thought to have been present in the Howdenhall Road area at around 12.28pm on Tuesday, and the public have been warned “not to approach” him.

The 29-year-old is believed to have links across Edinburgh, particularly in the south of the city, as well as in Aberdeen.

Ross is described as white, 5ft 9in with dark hair and bushy eyebrows, blue eyes and a tattoo of the word DAD on his right hand.

He was last seen wearing a black puffer jacket, dark trousers and grey trainers.

Chief Inspector Mark Hamilton said: “Extensive searches and enquiries have been carried out, but Jamie has not yet been traced.

“We are still keeping an open mind regarding his whereabouts. I would again appeal to anyone who knows where he is to get in touch with us.”

Anyone who sees a man matching Jamie’s description is advised not to approach him but to instead contact Police Scotland urgently on 101, quoting incident number 1458 of Tuesday, 23 April, 2024.

GEOAmey, the prison transportation service, previously said it was “disappointing” that the the funeral was used as an opportunity to escape.

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