Patrick Mills vanished from his home in Nairn on Monday morning
Patrick Mills, an 86-year-old man who went missing from his home in Nairn on Monday, February 5, was found dead in Lochindorb on Tuesday afternoon. Police Scotland confirmed that a body was recovered from the water at around 3pm, and that the family of Mr Mills had been informed. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
Mr Mills was last seen leaving his home address in the town around 9am on Monday, wearing a blue jacket, grey trousers, and brown shoes. He was described as being 5ft 10in tall, of slim build, with grey hair and glasses. He was also known to have dementia and other health issues.
A large-scale search operation was launched to find Mr Mills, involving police, coastguard, mountain rescue, and dog units. The search covered a wide area, including the nearby towns of Forres and Grantown-on-Spey, as well as the countryside and coastline. Police also appealed to the public for any sightings or information that could help locate Mr Mills.
Lochindorb is a remote and scenic spot in the Highlands
Lochindorb, where Mr Mills’ body was found, is a remote and scenic spot in the Highlands, about 25 miles south of Nairn. The loch is surrounded by hills and moorland, and is home to a variety of wildlife, including ospreys, red deer, and otters. The loch also has a historical significance, as it contains the ruins of a 13th-century castle that was once a stronghold of the Comyns and the Wolf of Badenoch.
The loch is popular with anglers, walkers, and cyclists, who enjoy the peaceful and picturesque setting. However, the loch can also be dangerous, especially in winter, when the water temperature can drop below freezing and the weather can change rapidly. The loch is also known for its strong winds and currents, which can make swimming and boating hazardous.
Tributes pour in for the ‘kind and gentle’ pensioner
The news of Mr Mills’ death has shocked and saddened the local community, as well as his family and friends. Tributes have poured in for the ‘kind and gentle’ pensioner, who was well-liked and respected by everyone who knew him.
One of his neighbours, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “He was such a lovely man, always friendly and helpful. He loved his garden and his dogs, and he would always stop for a chat. He was very active and independent for his age, and he enjoyed going for walks and drives. It’s heartbreaking to think that he ended up in that loch. He will be sorely missed.”
Another neighbour, who also did not want to be named, said: “He was a very nice and decent person, always polite and cheerful. He had a good sense of humour and a warm smile. He was very close to his family, and they are devastated by this tragedy. He was a pillar of the community, and a true gentleman. We are all very sad and shocked by what happened.”