Gary found ‘safe and well’

Gary Pugh

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A Motherwell man who sparked a major search operation has been found safe and well.

Gary Pugh went missing from his home in Milton Street on Thursday, October 29, and at the time was said to be be ‘feeling low’.

The next day he was spotted near Argos in Hamilton, where it is thought he bought the camping equipment he was later seen in possession of, and then in the Netherburn/Ashgill area.

On the Sunday (November 1) he was witnessed buying food at Asda in Larkhall, but after that the trail appeared to have gone cold and there was no other reported sightings of him.

Despite a major public appeal and the use of a helicopter, specialist search officers and the dog branch, on Friday (November 6) the police admitted they were no closer to finding Gary and were becoming increasingly concerned about his safety.

However, finally yesterday (Monday) came the good news as the police put out a statement which read: “Gary was traced this afternoon in the Motherwell area and is safe and well.”

His sister Leeann posted on the Times & Speaker Facebook page: “A huge thank you from the Pugh family for everyone’s help over the past 11 days! Gary has been found! Thank you all who helped, very much appreciated xx.”