Supermarket workers are waiting anxiously for news of a young colleague who has been missing for two weeks.
David O’Halloran, who worked at the Denny branch of Sainsbury’s, was last seen in the early hours of Friday, January 18.
The 18-year-old math-ematics student had been on a night out in Stirling.
Friends saw him leaving the city’s Dusk nightclub at around 12.30 a.m.
He was later spotted by a taxi driver at the entrance to the University of Stirling, where he has a room in halls, at 1.57 a.m and was sighted for the final time at 2.19 a.m. crossing Henderson Street in Bridge of Allan, heading in the direction of Keir Roundabout.
Central Scotland Police has since carried out extensive searches of the university campus as well as gardens and outbuildings in neighbouring Bridge of Allan, but there have been no further sightings.
Mr O’Halloran, originally from Kilmaurs in Ayrshire, began working part-time in Denny in September last year.
A sign placed by staff at the store in Glasgow Road asked members of the public to “light a candle” for their missing colleague.
Shop manager Marcus Rowell said: “We’re all naturally very concerned about David’s whereabouts. He is a valued member of the team and a good friend to many of us here.
“We’ve spoken to the police to help with their investigations, and we are supporting the campaign to raise awareness for his search.”
Inspector Pat Scroggie said: “David may have appeared unsteady on his feet.
“We are using every available resource including the Strathclyde Police helicopter, police dogs, specialist search officers, police officers and police divers.
“We are extremely concerned for David as this is totally out of character for him. When he went missing the weather was extremely cold and it has remained wintery.”
Slimly built, David is 5ft 5in, with brown hair with blond highlights which is short at the back and longer on top.
When he was last seen he was wearing a white t-shirt with a black and green checked shirt on top, black slim-fit jeans and black trainers.
Anyone with information should call Central Scotland Police on 01786 456000.