Missing man's family issue emotional appeal

FAMILY of missing man Jason Gates have made an emotional appeal for him to make contact three weeks after his disappearance.

Thursday, 7th April 2016, 1:33 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th April 2016, 3:36 pm
Jason Gates, 36, from Bedhampton, missing in the Scottish Highlands Picture: Police Scotland Mwh2HlmNnSlTL8iwN1BN

Mr Gates, 36, of Bedhampton, is missing from Drumnadrochit area in the Scottish Highlands.

His family’s statement issued by the Highland and Islands police division of Police Scotland said: ‘As a family, we’re very grateful to members of the emergency services and search and rescue personnel who continue the search for Jason.

‘We’d like to thank members of the local community for their assistance and to everyone who has shared the appeal via social media. It’s been over three weeks since we’ve heard from Jason and we are increasingly anxious.

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Missing man Jason Gates from Bedhampton last seen in Scotland. Pictured here with his spaniel Max PPP-160321-141039001

‘We’d also like to appeal to Jason directly: if you can see this message, please make contact so we know you’re ok. We just want you to be safe and to be reunited as a family.

‘As the search continues, we remain hopeful Jason will be found and reiterate our thanks to everyone involved in the search.’

Mr Gates’ spaniel Max was found by police.

The pet’s microchip led police to Mr Gates but his car was found abandoned – sparking the major search.

Police in Inverness have identified Jason Gates on CCTV in Inverness city centre (at the pedestrian crossing at Falcon Square) just before 3pm on Monday 14th March 2016. Jasons car, dog and jacket were subsequently traced in the Drumnadrochit area last week. Jason was originally repotred missing on March 17 PPP-160324-014416001

He was reported missing on March 17 but was last seen on March 14. Now police are appealing to people who may be taking part in outdoor activities to keep an eye out.

Inspector Ian Graham said: ‘It’s been over three weeks since Jason was seen and it goes without saying we are very concerned for his welfare.

‘This week we have officers and police dogs carrying out detailed searches.’

Missing Jason Gates and his sister Alison Ware. PPP-160321-143626001
Missing man Jason Gates from Bedhampton last seen in Scotland. Pictured here with his spaniel Max PPP-160321-141039001
Police in Inverness have identified Jason Gates on CCTV in Inverness city centre (at the pedestrian crossing at Falcon Square) just before 3pm on Monday 14th March 2016. Jasons car, dog and jacket were subsequently traced in the Drumnadrochit area last week. Jason was originally repotred missing on March 17 PPP-160324-014416001
Missing Jason Gates and his sister Alison Ware. PPP-160321-143626001