Missing man’s body found in canal

Sandy Gerrard went missing on May 10
Sandy Gerrard went missing on May 10

The body of a patient missing from Bonnybridge Hospital has been recovered from the Forth & Clyde Canal.

Sandy Gerrard (69) was last seen on May 10 walking west along the A803 near Kilsyth.

He had been reported missing from the hospital earlier that day.

A body was discovered in the canal near Auchin-starry, Kilsyth, by members of the public on Tuesday afternoon. It was identified as Mr Gerrard on Wednesday.

A spokesperson for Central Scotland Police said that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Mr Gerrard’s death and his next-of-kin had been informed.

A report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

A police operation scheduled for Tuesday evening to speak to motorists on the A803 regarding the disappearance was cancelled.

Mr Gerrard, a retired plant operator, was a resident of Longcroft, but originally hailed from Turriff in Aberdeenshire.

He first moved to the Denny area in the late 1960s to find work.

Bert Gordon (74), of Denny, was a close friend of Mr Gerrard.

He said: “There were a number of us who moved south to Denny from Aberdeenshire at that time.

“We all came here for work, which there was a lot of in the area at the time.

“I stayed with Sandy in Denny and he later lived in Kilsyth, then across to Longcroft.

“I was very shocked to learn of his disappearance.

“It was my understanding that he had only been in hospital for a few weeks.

“He was a very active man, always out for walks, even after he retired.

“He would walk from his home in Longcroft into Denny town centre every day to visit the shops.

“My thoughts are with his family at this time.”