Concern increasing as Gary remains missing

Missing Motherwell man Gary Pugh
Missing Motherwell man Gary Pugh

The police say despite a major public appeal and the use of a helicopter, specialist search officers and the dog branch they are no closer to finding Motherwell man Gary Pugh who has been missing for over a week.

Gary (34) was last seen at his home in Milton Street around 3.15pm last Thursday (October 29).

Since then there was reported sightings of him at Hamilton Palace Retail Park and in the Netherton/Ashgill area last Friday and at Asda in Larkhall on Sunday.

Gary is described as white, 5’8” tall and of heavy build with short dark hair.

He is in possession of a grey tent and some camping equipment.

Sergeant Gail Nicol of Motherwell police office said: “Despite previous media appeals and extensive searches that have involved a number of resources including the police helicopter, specialist search officers and the dog branch, we have yet to trace Gary or obtain any information on his whereabouts.

“It is completely out of character for him to go missing and not contact his family or friends. Gary has been feeling low lately and as each day goes by, we are becoming increasingly concerned for his safety and wellbeing.

“His family are distraught by his disappearance and we need to know that he is safe and well. I would urge anyone who has any information on his whereabouts to contact police. I would also ask Gary himself to contact his family or police as a matter of urgency.

“Over the next few days, officers will be distributing posters throughout the Motherwell and wider Lanarkshire area, and also handed out leaflets at the fireworks display at Strathclyde Country Park last night.”

Anyone with information that may assist in tracing Gary should contact Police Scotland on 101.