Family of dad who vanished while camping to make TV show appeal

Reece Rodger's family will appear on Vanished on Channel 5 in a bid to spread awareness of his disappearance.

Family of Reece Rodger who went missing while camping at Loch Rannoch appear on Channel 5 Vanished show Police Scotland

The family of a dad-of-two who disappeared while camping with friends almost three weeks ago is to appear on a national TV show about Britain’s missing people.

Reece Rodger vanished after last being seen by his friends while camping on the north shore of Loch Rannoch near Killichonan around 11.30pm on Saturday March 18.

Police have been conducting searches of the area with help from the Air Support Unit, the Dive and Marine Unit, police dogs and Mountain Rescue Teams, but there has been no sign of the 28-year-old.

As search efforts continue, his partner Paula Airzee and mother Glenda are set to appear on Channel 5’s TV show Vanished: The Hunt for Britain’s Missing People on Thursday April 6.

Announcing the appearance on a Facebook page dedicated to finding the dad-of-two, Ms Airzee said it was “one of the hardest days yet”.

She said: “Reece…. We can’t find you but we are doing our very best to get you…. Take that as my promise to you…

“Tomorrow night (Thursday April 6), Channel 5 at 9pm. Reece’s mum and I will be featuring on the programme Vanished. Please tune in and encourage others to do the same….

“Today has been one of the hardest days yet, but I will do it time and time again if it means I can get you Reece because we don’t just want you, we need you…..”

It comes after she made an emotional plea to members of the public, stating “to say we are broken as a family is an understatement” and added she was “begging” the public to help in the search for the dad-of-two.

Reece Rodger’s mum Glenda Rodger (left) and family friend Melanie Smith say the disappearance is ‘out of character’.

Mr Rodger’s family previously told STV News that he was in a “good frame of mind” when he set off for the fishing trip.

“He’s the nicest, kindest boy you could ever meet – his world revolves around Paula [his partner] and his two boys,” family friend Melanie Smith said.

“He was in a good frame of mind when he left – he loves those boys and Paula too much, loves his mum and dad way too much to do something.”

His mum Glenda said: “Sometimes he likes a wee wander, but this is just not him – he always finds his way home to Paula and the boys.

“His wee boys keep asking where he is and we just keep telling them he’s still away fishing.

“He just needs to come home.”

He is described as 6ft, of medium build with dark hair. When last seen he was wearing a black long-sleeved T-shirt with distinctive white letters on both sleeves spelling out – MA STRUM, black jogging bottoms and black wellingtons.

Reece Rodger was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved t-shirt with distinctive white letters on both sleeves spelling out – MA STRUM.

Inspector Stephen Gray said: “Despite extensive enquiries, rigorous searches in the local area and previous appeals we have not been able to trace Reece.

“As time goes on concerns are growing and we are again appealing to anyone who saw Reece or who has any information on his whereabouts to contact us.

“I would appeal to anyone who was travelling on the B846 between 11pm on March 18 and 7am on March 19 and who may have witnessed anyone or who may have dashcam footage which could assist us to get in touch.

“I would like to thank the family and friends of Reece who have assisted in searches to date. I would ask anyone planning to attend searches this weekend to remain safe and plan for the conditions. The terrain can be difficult with open water and changeable weather conditions and we want to ensure everyone remains safe.

“Anyone with information that may assist is urged to contact 101 quoting reference number 1348 of Sunday, March 19.”

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