CO appeals for missing Marine to get in touch

Missing Marine Ralph Hebden.
Missing Marine Ralph Hebden.

AS THE search for missing 32-year-old marine Ralph Hebden continues in and around the Arbroath area, an officer from his base today appealed for him to get in touch.

The last confirmed sighting of Ralph was outside Morrison’s store in Arbroath shortly after 8.30 a.m. on Monday (March 11). Concern for him grows with each passing day.

Around 30 of Ralph’s colleagues joined with Tayside Police officers to assist in a search of East Seaton on the outskirts of the Angus town, as everyone in the town unites in an effort to trace the Liverpudlian safe and well.

Lieutenant Colonel Mike Tanner, Commanding Officer 45 Commando Group, said today: “On behalf of 45 Commando and all who work at Royal Marines Condor, I would like to appeal to Marine Ralph Hebden to get in touch with us as soon as possible, in order to reassure his family and friends, and all his colleagues here at the unit, that he is safe and well.”

It is a sentiment shared by Arbroath residents and the scores of people who are following the efforts to trace Ralph via news, television, radio and social media. The missing man’s pregnant wife, Sarah, is hugely encouraged by the public support.

Inspector Ally Robertson said: “I have spoken with Sarah as clearly we keep her aware of everything that is being done in the effort to find Ralph safe and well. She has seen the supportive posts on Facebook and the coverage that the media have been giving in the drive to find Ralph and she greatly appreciates everyone’s concerns and positive messages.

“But what she needs right now is for Ralph to come home and we would urge him to get in touch. His loved ones are understandable worried for him and want him home.”

A team of around 30 police officers is dedicated to the effort to trace Ralph at this time. Searches in and around the Arbroath area continue today and Tayside Police would once again urge householders to check their sheds, garages and outbuildings for any signs that anyone has taken shelter temporarily or overnight.

Officers are also carrying door to enquiries and are trawling through hundreds of hours of public and private CCTV footage.

As said previously, Ralph was known to go on very long walks, heading miles outside of the Arbroath area, sometimes venturing as far as Barry Buddon and even the Carse of Gowrie.

He is six feet four inches tall and of muscular build, with short cropped fair hair. When last seen he was last seen wearing black trainers, dark blue or black jogging bottoms, a blue fleece and a black beanie hat. He had a blue rain jacket with him when he left his home address on Monday morning (March 11).

Anyone who knows where Ralph is or who has information that could assist Tayside Police in tracing him should call 101 or speak to any police officer.