POLICE in Midlothian have entered a third day of search activity in an effort to trace a 73-year-old man reported missing from Dalkeith.
Thomas Davidson was last seen walking on Esk Place at the junction with Old Edinburgh Road, Dalkeith at around 9pm on Tuesday, April 26.
Since then he has not been seen or heard from and officers are extremely concerned for his welfare.
Thomas is described as around 6ft tall but walks with a noticeable stoop, which makes him appear shorter.
He has a slim build, short thin grey hair and was wearing a large navy blue coat, which has two pockets on the chest, dark grey flannel trousers and most likely dark shoes or trainers.
A major search operation is now underway involving specialist units including dog handlers, the Police Scotland marine unit and police helicopter.
Today’s search activity will continue to concentrate in the Dalkeith and surrounding area and police wish to thank local residents for their understanding and cooperation while this important work is carried out.
Inspector Michelle Ritchie of Dalkeith police station, said: “Our concern for Thomas is growing by the hour and I appeal to anyone who has seen him or has information on his whereabouts to contact police immediately.
“At present, our search is being largely concentrated in the Dalkeith area particularly in the north of the town where there are a number of rural trails and woodland.
“These areas are popular with local walkers and I would ask regular users to keep an eye out for Thomas or report any suspicious activity.
“Similarly, with the weather deteriorating drastically in recent days, I urge local residents to please check your sheds or outbuildings.
“Finding Thomas safe and well is a priority for us however it is unclear where he went after 9pm on Tuesday.
“His family are understandably very concerned and we are offering them support as and when required.
“From what we know, Thomas had been on Esk Place at the junction with Old Edinburgh Road. I ask motorists travelling in this area around this time to please think back and ask yourself if you saw him.
“If you have a dash cam fitted to your vehicle then it may be worthwhile reviewing the footage. Likewise, I urge homeowners with private CCTV in the area to review their footage and let us know if you have information that might assist with our ongoing search.”
Those with relevant information should contact police on 101 or speak to any officer.