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Annan man's death has 'hallmarks of a tragic accident'

Police in Scotland believe the death of missing Annan man Ian Carruthers was an accident after a post mortem was inconclusive.

Mr Carruthers was last seen at his home on January 17th and officers carried out extensive enquiries and searches in order to locate him.

His body was found on March 7th on the shore at Portling near Dalbeattie. A full forensic examination and post mortem have since taken place which have proved to be inconclusive in the cause of death.

“Following extensive and exhaustive enquiries, there are no apparent suspicious circumstances in respect of the death of Ian Carruthers.

"Following the Post Mortem examination, the cause of death will remain recorded as ‘unascertained’, however, given all of the known circumstances and in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, his death has all the hallmarks of a tragic accident.

“I have spoken with the Ian’s immediate family and fully explained all of this to them, which will hopefully provide some closure for them in this matter."

– Detective Inspector Filippo Capaldi, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team

Police still searching for missing Annan man

Missing - Ian Carruthers Credit: Police Scotland

Police in Annan have made a further appeal for information following the disappearance of Ian Carruthers.

Ian, 30, has been missing for two weeks and was last seen on Friday, 17th January in the Longmeadow Avenue area of Annan.

Police have been working with the Coastguard, Nith Inshore Rescue, Fire and Rescue Service and Moffat Mountain Rescue Team to try and find him.

Chief Inspector Steven Lowther said: “We have grave concerns for his well being.

"We have conducted comprehensive searches throughout the town, and whilst we have not ruled out the possibility that he may have left the area, there is nothing to suggest that he has left Annan.

“I would like to thank local people for their outstanding support during this investigation and would ask them to continue to call us on 101 if they hear or see anything. Clearly Ian’s family are desperate for any information that might assist in finding him.”


Search continues for missing Annan man

Police are continuing to search for a missing man from Annan who has not been seen since the early hours of last Friday (17 January).

Ian Carruthers is:

  • White
  • 5 feet 7 inches tall
  • Thin build
  • Blue eyes and pale complexion
  • Shoulder-length fair hair - which is normally tied back in a ponytail and shaven at the sides
  • Last seen wearing a white coloured unbranded hooded top, white jogging bottoms and black Adidas trainers

Officers are now urging people to check their sheds and outhouses for the 30-year-old.

“We would ask the local community to assist by searching their own gardens, sheds and outhouses to help locate Mr Carruthers.

“If you have any information relating to the whereabouts of Mr Carruthers to contact Annan Police Station as a matter of urgency on 101 or contact any police officer.”

– Sergeant Joyce Adams

Information can also be left anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.