Dogs and helicopter used in search for missing 72-year-old

James Paton was last seen driving not far from his home in Kiltarlity, around 1.30pm on Monday.

Missing: James Paton
Missing: James Paton

Specialist units, dogs and a helicopter have been deployed by police in their search for a missing 72-year-old man in the Highlands.

James Paton was last seen driving on the Fanellan Farm Road, near to Ruttle Woods, not far from his home in Kiltarlity, around 1.30pm on Monday.

His car, a blue Dacia Duster, was found parked on a track around 4.30pm – with his dog inside.

Worried locals spent Christmas Day searching for the pensioner.


Inspector Mark Czerniakiewicz said: “Officers have been searching the Ruttle Woods area over the last three days, including specialist search units, dogs, and our partners from Dundonnel Mountain Rescue Team, Scottish Fire and Rescue, and the HM Coastguard helicopter.

“We have also had the invaluable assistance of the local community, with around 110 volunteers carrying out searches on Christmas Day and a similar number out in force today.

“We would ask local residents to check their land and outbuildings at this time, as well as urging anyone with information about James’s whereabouts to get in touch as soon as possible.”

James is described as being 5ft 5in, of stout build with a grey beard and hair and he wears glasses.


Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.