Police appeal for help in tracing man missing from Dunoon

Want to read more?

At the start of the pandemic in March we took the decision to make online access to our news free of charge by taking down our paywall. At a time where accurate information about Covid-19 was vital to our community, this was the right decision – even though it meant a drop in our income. In order to help safeguard the future of our journalism, the time has now come to reinstate our paywall, However, rest assured that access to all Covid related news will still remain free.

To access all other news will require a subscription, as it did pre-pandemic. The good news is that for the whole of December we will be running a special discounted offer to get 3 months access for the price of one month. Thank you for supporting us during this incredibly challenging time.

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?

 

Subscribe Now

Officers are continuing enquiries to locate a 39-year-old man, missing from Dunoon, since Wednesday, 14 October.

The last confirmed sighting of Gareth Swift was in the Ardenslate Road area around noon yesterday.  He is believed to have headed towards Sandbank Road in the direction of the cemetery.

Gareth is white, around 5 ft 9ins in height, with a medium build and short, close-shaved, dark hair. His left eyebrow is pierced and when last seen, he was wearing light blue jeans and a black hooded top with white or orange writing on it.

Police are aware of information circulating on social media, which is subject to an ongoing inquiry.  Officers are asking members of the public to refrain from posting information which could have an adverse effect on efforts to locate Gareth.

Officers are checking a potential sighting of Gareth sitting on a bench near to Loch Loskin, Sandbank Road, Dunoon, around midday yesterday and are asking anyone who was in that area to think back and consider if they saw Gareth.

Inspector Mark Stephen said: ‘Gareth’s family is understandably very concerned for his well-being and just want him home safe and well. We are checking a possible sighting of him sitting on a bench near to Loch Loskin. Temporary traffic lights are in place at this location and passing motorists may have seen Gareth on the bench and thought nothing of it.  However, given that he has gone missing, I would ask anyone who saw him to contact us and if you have a dash cam, please check your footage as it could have captured an image which could assist us.’

Anyone who has seen Gareth or has any information or knowledge as to his whereabouts is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 0639 of 14 October.