Tayside and Central Scotland

Divers search for missing Pitlochry woman

Elizabeth Stevenson
Image caption Elizabeth Stevenson has not been seen since 21 February

Police divers are searching a loch in the hunt for a 77-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who went missing more than a week ago.

Elizabeth Stevenson, from Pitlochry in Perthshire, has not been seen since 21 February.

Tayside Police said the divers were using sonar equipment to search Loch Faskally, to the west of the town.

The last confirmed sighting of Ms Stevenson was near the A9 at the Faskally Bridge.

The missing woman's daughter, Fiona Kerr, told BBC Scotland on Tuesday that she was still hopeful her mother would be found safe and well.

She has been described by police as "extremely vulnerable".

Ms Stevenson, known as Bett to her friends, was due to go shopping with a volunteer on the day she went missing, but it is thought she may have forgotten about the arrangement and gone for a walk instead.

Dozens of police and local people have been searching the area for her during the past eight days.

Ms Stevenson is 5ft 4in tall, slim, with blue eyes and red, jaw-length hair. She was last seen wearing a lightweight beige jacket, grey trousers and black boots.

Tayside Police have appealed to anyone with information about her whereabouts to contact them.

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