A community search party has been launched as concern continues to grow for a missing pensioner who disappeared over a week ago from an Inverclyde pub.
Patrick Clark, 70, was last seen at Lyle’s pub on Shore Street, Gourock, around 12.10am on January 31.
A search party for the pensioner was launched in Gourock on Wednesday as members of the public met at the bottom of Tarbet Street at 1.30pm.
Mr Clark’s niece, Claire Murdoch, says the family are very grateful to the police and locals for their assistance.
She said: “We want to say a huge thanks to everyone.
“I also want to thank the local police force who’ve been visiting my mum every night and giving her updates.”
Officers said extensive searches had been carried out in the week that Mr Clark has been missing.
He is described as white, 5ft 8in, with grey/white short hair and anyone who may have seen him is asked to call 101.
Sergeant Paul MacPherson said: “Since Patrick was reported missing, we have been carrying out extensive searches and enquiries in the local area. Local officers, led by specialist search advisors have been assisted by resources including the air support unit. Despite these efforts and previous appeals, we have yet to trace him.
“We are continuing to speak to people who know him and who live locally who may remember seeing him. We have been liaising with public transport companies and reviewing CCTV from in an around the local area to gather any further information on where he went after the pub.
“This is a very upsetting time for his family as it is completely out of character for him to go missing and not keep in contact with them. Patrick is in poor health and we are all extremely concerned for his safety and wellbeing.
“Patrick usually stays local to the Gourock area, however he has recently visited West Kilbride, and we are liaising with police colleagues in Ayrshire in case he may have travelled further afield.
“As our enquiries continue, I would again urge anyone who has seen Patrick since last Tuesday, or who has any information on his whereabouts to contact us as soon as possible. Please contact 101 with reference number 3371 of January 31.”