Cops rule out 139 sightings of missing Aberdeen schoolboy Liam Smith almost two weeks after he vanished
COPS have ruled out 139 “sightings” of Aberdeen schoolboy Liam Smith almost two weeks after he was reported missing.
The 16-year-old, described as white, 6ft 4ins tall and of slim build, has been missing from the Queen’s Road area since Saturday November 18.
Liam Smith was last spotted on November 18PA:Press Association
Officers have been carrying out extensive searches for the youngster including combing the River Dee and drafting in Mountain Rescue Teams and sniffer dogs to aid the hunt.
Police have been alerted to potential sightings of the teen but, after scouring through CCTV, have eliminated these spots.
But now they have told how they are focusing their attention on Crathes after a “credible” sighting in the area.
Chief Inspector Martin Mackay said: “Every available Police resource has been dedicated to our search for Liam and it continues to cause us all great concern that he has not yet been found.
Cops have ruled out 139 sightings so far
“Eleven days is a long time for a teenage boy who has little experience of the outdoors to be missing and as more time passes without seeing or hearing from him, we need to be realistic about the options we have moving forward.
“The terrain we are entering with regard to our searches is extremely challenging – not helped by the current weather – and even our own officers are finding it difficult to navigate certain areas.
“They are trained and experienced to do this though and we will continue to ensure that all the land we need to cover is searched effectively.
“I know that many members of the public are still offering to assist with searches and please don’t think your offers of help are being ignored.
“I must stress just how challenging the land is we are dealing with ranging from dense wooded areas to expanses of water, and we don’t want anyone put in harm’s way.
Lad matching missing Liam Smith’s description ‘spotted with older woman on bus heading for Inverurie’
“Organised public searches can also be very resource and time-intensive to coordinate and our time is extremely precious at the moment.
“There are still ways you can help us though. Firstly I know that people will be out walking in the Crathes Estate area anyway whether it’s to walk your dog or cycle and I welcome anyone’s efforts to keep an eye out for anything that could help us locate Liam.
“Please help us by sticking to visible routes and paths and don’t put yourself in any danger.
“If you find anything of any significance let us know as soon as possible by calling 101 – Liam was carrying a camouflage North Face rucksack and was wearing Nike Air Max trainers.
“He bought Lucozade, Jaffa Cakes and Dairy Milk at Sainsbury’s before he left Aberdeen.
“I also continue to urge anyone with information that could help us establish why Liam would head in the Deeside direction, or if he has mentioned places of interest to you in the past, to let us know.
“Finally I would ask to the public to continue supporting our efforts, which have so far included sharing our social media posts to printing off posters.
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“The response to our appeals has been unprecedented and it has not gone unnoticed by Liam’s family nor us.”
Liam was last spotted on CCTV at Union Square just before he boarded the 202 Stagecoach bus at 1.15pm towards Banchory.
We told how a lad matching Liam’s description was reported in Inverurie after he ‘boarded a bus with an older woman’.
Again cops confirmed they would look into every single report.
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