Helicopters aid in search for hillwalker missing for over two weeks

Ross Kinghorn is believed to have set out for the Beinn a’ Ghlò hills and has failed to return as planned.

Police helicopters aid in Beinn a’ Ghlò search for hillwalker Ross Kinghorn missing for over two weeks Police Scotland

Helicopters have been brought in to help in an air search for a hillwalker missing in the Highlands for more than two weeks.

Ross Kinghorn was last seen on CCTV boarding a train from Linlithgow on January 16, having intended to go hillwalking in the Bridge of Tilt area in Perthshire.

The most recent confirmed sighting of the 57-year-old was around 9am on January 16 after he arrived in Blair Atholl. 

It is believed he set out for the Beinn a’ Ghlò hills nearby on the same day.

He was reported missing on January 20 after failing to return as planned.

Police Scotland’s air support unit confirmed on Sunday it had assisted in the search for him in the area he is believed to have set out for.

Mr Kinghorn is described as white, 5ft 8in tall, slim build, and is bald.

He is believed to have been wearing a blue beanie hat, blue waterproof jacket, green fleece, grey walking trousers and brown boots.

Extensive police searches located some of his personal items near Bridge of Tilt. 

He was also in possession of a small two-wheel trolley which was among the items recovered.

In a renewed appeal last month, Sergeant James Longden said: “We remain very concerned for Ross as our enquiries continue and we would continue to urge anyone with any information which may help to get in touch.

“Ross is an experienced hillwalker. His intention was to walk in the Beinn a’ Ghlò hills above Blair Atholl and I would urge any other walkers who have been in the area who may have seen anything which looked out of place to get in touch as your information may prove helpful.

“I would also ask residents in the Bridge of Tilt area to check their sheds and outbuildings for any sign that he may have been there.

“Anyone who may have seen Ross is asked to contact police on 101 quoting 1588 of January 20, 2023.”