The search for a 78 year old North East man missing since Wednesday morning has been stood down.
Ellon pensioner Ernest Mackie was last sighted near Cruden Bay Golf Course, where he walked regularly.
Grampian Police, together with the Coastguard, Lifeboat and Mountain Rescue services had been conducting a land, sea and air search of the area around the golf course since Wednesday afternoon. However, after the passing of a second night and with rescue teams failing to find any trace of Mr Mackie, hopes of finding him safe and well have faded.
Inspector John Esson said: “Over the last two days we have conducted an extensive search of the Cruden Bay area which in addition to police has the coastguard, an RNLI Lifeboat as well as assistance from an RAF search and rescue helicopter.
“It is now 48 hours since he was last seen and given the winter weather and Mr Mackie’s age, the chances of survival outdoors for that length of time are sadly very slim.
“The family of Mr Mackie have been kept informed of developments throughout the search and my thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”
Mr Mackie is described as 5’ 6” to 5’ 7” in height, slim build with short grey hair, wearing a blue jacket, brown cord trousers and a flat cap. The public have been asked to check sheds, outbuildings, or any other place where Mr Mackie may have found shelter.
Anyone with information relating to Mr Mackie’s whereabouts is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.