Concern Grows For Missing Newton Stewart Pensioner John McVean: Update – Now Found

John McVean, 79, who had been reported missing from Newton Stewart has been traced safe and well and is being reunited with his family.


POLICE Officers are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a man reported missing from Newton Stewart.

John McVean, 79, was last seen at 2.12pm on Wednesday, 19 July, 2023, walking across towards Old Minnigaff then towards Waulkmill and a local path known as Walk 7.

He is known to go for a lengthy daily walk starting from St Couans Place and usually returns around 5pm. The latter part of his walking route takes him to the Minnigaff, Cumloden, and Glenamour areas, retruning back via Machermore/Minnigaff.

John is around 5ft 8ins tall, with grey/white hair and wears glasses. He is thought to be wearing a black cap, green waterproof jacket and blue jeans.

Inspector Stewart McColm said: “It is out of character for John to not return home from his daily walk. He has now been missing overnight and we have a number of police and partner resources out conducting searches in the Newton Stewart and surrounding area.
“I’d ask any members of the public to report any sightings of John so we can understand his movements from being in the Ghyll Crescent area yesterday afternoon (19 July).
“I am particularly appealing to residents of Minnigaff, Old Minnigaff, Glenamour, Cumloden, Newton Stewart Golf Club and Conifer Lodges, to check their gardens, sheds and outbuildings, in case John has become disorientated and sought shelter.”

Those with information should report it to Police Scotland via 101 and quote incident number 3925 of 19 July 2023.

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