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Uncle of murdered East Kilbride schoolboy missing

Colin Ferguson
Mr Ferguson was last seen walking near a shrine to his nephew

The uncle of schoolboy Jack Frew, whose body was found in woods in East Kilbride, Lanarkshire, a week ago, has gone missing from his home in the town.

Police have appealed for help to trace Colin Ferguson, 46, who was last seen on Tuesday afternoon.

A teenager appeared in court earlier this week charged with the murder of 16-year-old Jack Frew.

Police said the family were devastated by Jack's death and Mr Ferguson's disappearance was "uncharacteristic."

He was last seen walking along Belmont Drive in the West Woodhill area at 1400 BST on Tuesday, close to where a shrine to his nephew has been created.

He had left his home in Owen Avenue earlier that day but had not said where he was going or when he would return.

The 46-year-old is diabetic and is not thought to have any medication with him.

Local officers have been making extensive enquiries, and searches using police dogs and a helicopter have been carried out.

'Worried sick'

Ch Insp Neil Kerr said: "Jack's family have been through a horrific ordeal, and everyone is still trying to come to terms with what has happened.

"Colin has never been missing before and would never normally go anywhere without letting his mother, whom he lives with, know where he was going.

"He doesn't have a mobile phone with him, and is only thought to have a small amount of cash in his possession."

Jack Frew
Jack Frew's body was found in East Kilbride on last Thursday

He added: "As the days pass we are becoming increasingly concerned for his well-being, especially given his medical history and recent events.

"His mother and the rest of the family are worried sick about him, and just want to know that he is OK."

Mr Ferguson is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, short black hair and has a stocky build.

When last seen he was wearing a beige casual jacket, black trousers and brown shoes.

Craig Roy, 17, appeared on petition in private at Hamilton Sheriff Court charged with murdering Jack Frew.

He made no plea or declaration and was remanded in custody for further examination.

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