“WE NEED you home with us both” were the words of the distraught pregnant wife of a missing Royal Marine who has made an emotional appeal for his return.
Ralph Hebden (32), has not been seen since Monday when he left his home address but failed to return from his morning run at Arbroath’s cliffs.
A major search operation has been under way, which included a Sea King search and rescue helicopter from RAF Lossiemouth, together with dozens of emergency service personnel, including the Arbroath RNLI crew.
And now his wife, Sarah, is urging him to get in touch.
She said: “Ralph, as time goes by we are all extremely worried about you and concerned for your safety.
“Our baby is due in a couple of weeks and we need you home with us both. Your family and friends love you very much.
“Please come home or contact any of us to let us know you are safe.”
He was last seen at Morrisons in the town at around 8.30 a.m. on Monday and Tayside Police say they are following all lines of enquiry available to them in a bid to trace him.
Police have received a number of reports of potential sightings of Ralph throughout the UK, and each of these reports is being individually investigated.
Continued searches of the coastal area took place on Wednesday, involving 30 police, search and rescue personnel, HM Coastguard and Lifeboat crews. In addition, a coordinated search was made of the area near to where Ralph was last seen, and places where Ralph has been known to frequent.
Police officers commenced door to door enquiries in Arbroath on Wednesday evening in the hope of tracing witnesses who may have seen Ralph since he went missing.
In particular, police are keen to establish the identity of a man who appears to have matched the description of Ralph, who was seen by a runner at Arbroath cliffs at around 9 a.m. on Monday.
They have asked this person to come forward, especially if they remember being greeted by a border terrier type dog.
Meanwhile another line of enquiry is that Ralph may have travelled to Liverpool where he is originally from as he has friends and family in the Merseyside area.
And Tayside Police say they are working closely with the Merseyside force, who are assisting with enquiries.
Ralph is described as six feet four inches tall, and of muscular build, with short cropped fair hair, was last seen wearing black trainers, dark blue or black jogging bottoms, and a blue fleece.
He had a blue rain jacket with him when he left his home address on Monday.
Anyone who knows where Ralph is or has information that could assist the police investigation is asked to call them on 101 or speak to any officer.