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Appeal over missing Balfron man William Miller

William Miller

A fresh appeal has been made to trace a man from Balfron who has been missing for a month.

William Miller, 62, left his home in the Stirlingshire village on Wednesday, 6 January.

He is believed to have visited a convenience store in Milngavie and spent the evening in a pub in Alexandria.

Ch Insp Graeme MacDiarmid said he was particularly keen to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Miller since.

He said: "It has now been one month since William went missing and I can't stress enough how important information from members of the public is to our investigation.

"I would continue to appeal anyone who may have seen William over the past month to come forward.

"Particularly if you were in Fentons Public House on the evening of 6 January and have not provided a statement to police, we want to hear from you to ensure we have as much information as possible about the night William was last seen."

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Image caption Mr Miller is thought to have shopped at a store in Milngavie

CCTV images appear to show Mr Miller visiting a Tesco store in Milngavie on the day of his disappearance.

He spent most of the evening in Fentons Public House in Main Street, Jamestown, Alexandria.

At 00:20 he called at the BP garage a short distance away on the same road.

Mr Miller is described as 5ft 10in to 6ft tall and of medium build.

He was last wearing blue jeans, a blue and grey T-shirt, black hooded water-proof jacket with a Douglas Park logo on the left breast.

He was carrying a distinctive small black rucksack with light blue panels.

Mr Miller usually wears a white-faced analogue watch with a brown leather strap.

Image caption Ch Insp Graeme MacDiarmid said people who saw Mr Miller at Fentons may have not yet come forward

Ch Insp MacDiarmid added: "I would also continue to urge members of the public to keep an eye out for William in the Dumbarton, Alexandria, Milngavie and Dunoon areas as well as checking sheds, garages or outhouses in case he has taken shelter within."

Shortly after Mr Miller's disappearance, his family appealed for information.

His niece Eva McGregor, 30, said at the time: "It is very out of character for him not to return home and for us not to have heard from him for this length of time.

"We are asking for anyone who has any information or thinks they have seen him to get in touch with the police by phoning 101.

"We also ask you to share the Argyll and West Dunbartonshire Police Facebook posts to try to raise further awareness on social media. Please help us find my Uncle Billy."

Image caption Mr Miller's niece, Eva McGregor, appealed for help in finding him

In an appeal directly to Mr Miller, Ms McGregor said: "Uncle Billy, if you see this, we need you to know that me, my mum and dad, nana, Logan, and Ben all love and miss you, we need to know that you are safe and we want you to come home.

Mr Miller's family said he grew up in Alexandria and has friends in the area, and in Dunoon, but had not made contact with anyone.

They said he was "a keen and active walker and enjoys country and forestry trails", adding it may be "possible that he may have tried to walk home to Balfron".

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