Concern is growing for a Bainsford psychiatric nurse who has not been seen since yesterday morning.
Police have launched a wide-scale search for David Paterson (52) after he was reported missing by his wife, a local GP.
Chief Inspector Mandy Paterson, Falkirk Area Commander, said his disappearance was “out of character”.
She said: “He is a man of routine who has worked in the same Falkirk location for 15 years.
“He didn’t attend work yesterday which is out of character and we were alerted in the evening by his wife when he didn’t come home as usual.”
The police helicopter was brought in to carry out a search last night, along with specialist search officers, dog handlers and all available staff.
That hunt has continued today and, following a police appeal, there have been a handful of reported sightings of Mr Paterson which officers are following up.
Mr Paterson and his wife have been married for 26 years. They have no children.
The police search is also focusing on Fife, particularly Crail in the East Neuk where the couple have a holiday cabin which they last visited at the weekend.
Mr Paterson is described as white, 5ft 3ins with short dark grey hair which is thinning at the back. He has grey stubble and had not shaven for several days. He has broad shoulders with a slim to medium build.
He was last seen wearing a blue fleece, dark denim jeans and lace up light tan shoes. He may be carrying a dark red bag with blue straps.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.