Police search river and docks for missing 90-year-old man

Police have searched around a river and docks for a pensioner missing in Edinburgh for a week.

Neighbours reported 90-year-old William Scott missing from his home in the city’s Chesser area at around 7pm on Tuesday December 11.

Initial inquiries found he had been in the Foot of the Walk pub in Leith at 3.45pm and Greggs in the Kirkgate Centre at shortly after.

CCTV showed him passing the Finn and Bear pub at the Leith Shore at 3.55pm on Tuesday and police now believe he was in the nearby pub The King’s Wark pub until possibly as late as 8pm.

Searchers have been carried out in and around the Water of Leith and the docks.

Officers are conducting further searches, including with police dog units, in Leith and speaking to members of the public in the area a week on from when Mr Scott went missing.

Police are concerned due to the missing man’s age and recent poor health.

He is white, around 5ft 1in with balding, white hair.

He regularly wears glasses and was last seen wearing a navy jacket, grey trousers and a dark flat cap.

William Scott
William Scott

Chief Inspector Jordana Emerson said: “Both myself and William’s family are very heartened by the public support shown for William and our ongoing work to find him.

“Every share of the appeals on social media could reach someone new who may have seen William or might have information on his whereabouts.

“Please keep sharing and call 101 if you have any information or a possible sighting, as we continue to try to piece together his movements from last Tuesday evening onwards.

“I know that there are a lot of people who do not have information but who want to help look for William.

“I want to reassure everyone that we have specially trained officers and specialist resources carrying out searches, however people can still check gardens and outbuildings in the Leith area as he may have fallen or taken shelter there.

“I want to keep people thinking about whether they have seen or spoken to William – I believe other people will have seen him in the busy Shore area after leaving The King’s Wark where we strongly believe he spent several hours.

“Please contact us as soon as possible if you have any information that might assist.”