Royal Navy aids extensive search for man who disappeared three days ago

Concerns were raised for the 21-year-old after he did not attend work at Faslane Naval Base.

Royal Navy aids search for Faslane worker Josh Gayton missing from Helensburgh for three days Police Scotland

The Royal Navy is aiding extensive searches for a man missing from Argyll and Bute for three days.

Josh Gayton, 21, was last seen on CCTV at around 12.46am on the morning of Tuesday, April 16 in Helensburgh town centre, heading towards a footpath on East Clyde Street.

Police said enquiries and footage studied showed a man matching his description speaking with a member of the public at around 12.25am outside the Riva restaurant on West Clyde Street.

The missing man is described as 5ft 9in in height, of stocky build, with brown hair and a red/brown beard and was wearing a grey ‘Nirvana’ t-shirt, black trousers, white Nike trainers and a silver chain with a cross.

Police were notified the 21-year-old was missing after he failed to attend work at Faslane Naval Base.

The Royal Navy and the Ministry of Defence police are aiding officers in searches by land, sea and air in the area, with the public urged to check outbuildings and sheds.

Two vehicles – a white or light-coloured Mini and a blue van similar to a Ford Titanium Connect – may have driven past him as he was walking on East Clyde Street between 12.15am and 12.46am.

The van may have had red writing on it and alloy wheels, police said.

Any members of the public who may have spoken to or seen the man are being urged to contact police as a matter of urgency.

An increased police and Navy personnel presence in the area will be visible over the coming days.

Local Area Commander Chief Inspector Allan Dickson said: “It is unusual for Josh to not be in touch with anyone and we are concerned about him.

“We have significant resources dedicated to this enquiry and we are urging the public to come forward with any information relating to his whereabouts.

“If you were in the area at the time, please think back, did you notice anyone matching his description?

Police received reports of the 21-year-old being missing after concerns were raised he did not attend work at Faslane.Police Scotland

“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam footage showing Josh, or the two vehicles which may have driven past him between 12.15am and 12.46am.

“If anyone has seen Josh, or has any information as to his whereabouts, please contact police.

“I would also urge people who live in the area to check outbuildings and sheds.”

CI Allan Dickson said: “We are working closely with a host of specialist officers in order to maximise our response.

“You will see increased activity in the area, please do not be alarmed.

“We have adopted a multi-agency approach to this enquiry, assisted by the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence police, and searches will be carried out by land, sea and air.

“Anyone with any information can contact any of these officers, or call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 0732 of Tuesday, April 16 2024.”

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