Police Scotland is appealing to members of the public following a possible sighting of missing person John Green, 42, on the A93 between Ballater and Aboyne at around 8.50pm on Tuesday, 22 December, 2015.
John was last seen in the Ballater area at around 8pm on Tuesday, 22 December, 2015 and it has since been established that he may have been walking on the A93 between Ballater and Aboyne later that evening.
Police have also asked residents in the area to check their outbuildings, sheds and garages as searches continue to trace John, who has been reported missing from Ballater.
Chief Inspector Richard Craig said: “John is an experienced mountaineer and it is thought that he may be walking in the Deeside area.
“It is out of character for him to not be in touch with his family and as time goes on we are growing more concerned for his welfare.
“We are asking that if you live in the Deeside area and regularly drive the A93 that you let us know if you saw a man walking on the route who matches the description given. We also ask that if you see someone matching the description who is walking on any of the roads in the Deeside area that you contact Police.
“We also ask that you please check any outbuildings, sheds or garages for any signs that someone may have sought shelter there.
“Searches are being carried out in the area with the assistance of specialist dogs, mountain rescue and the Police Scotland helicopter.”
John is described as 6ft 2” tall, athletic build with short brown hair and blue eyes. He has a North East England accent and when he was last seen he was wearing dark grey walking trousers, a dark grey jumper, walking boots and either a dark coloured or orange jacket. He is also in possession of a rucksack and has a tattoo of the starsign ‘Aries’ on the nape of his neck.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.