Body found in search for missing Stewart

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By Hugh Boag

The body of a man found washed ashore in Saltcoats could be that of missing man Stewart Leask.

Police confirmed a man’s body had been recovered from the water near to Montgomerie Crescent in the town around 1.15pm today. (Friday)

Although formal identification has still to take place, the family of Mr Leask has been informed. The 70-year-old, who had been described as ‘vulnerable’ was reported missing from his home in Whiting Bay, Arran on Sunday 3 February.

A post mortem examination will take place in due course to establish the exact cause of death, however there do not appear to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

A full report will be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

More than 60 searchers a day have been out combing a huge forest area of some 50 sq km since last Sunday, assisted by air and sea support, trying to locate Mr Leask.