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Search scaled back for missing man

By Leanne Murray

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THE search for a missing Romanian man will now be scaled back a month after he disappeared.

Marian Pavel was last seen on February 20 near to the Dean's Shortbread Factory at Steven Road, Huntly.

The search for the 45-year-old included the use of police dogs, air support and the dive and marine unit.

It covered areas of woodland, farmland and parts of the River Deveron and River Bogie.

No trace of Marian or his belongings have been found.

Police Scotland have now thanked members of the public for their assistance.

Inspector Matt Smith said: “Our searches have been intelligence led and have focused on the information available to us.

“We are very grateful to members of the public who have supported us with our enquiries particularly those who got in touch to report that they had seen Marian.

"We have no new confirmed sightings of him at this time but would continue to urge anyone who thinks they might have information to get in touch with us on 101 using reference number 4314 of 20 February.

“Reviews of the enquiry have been carried out and will continue as is standard with any long-term missing person investigation. Any new information which comes to light will be thoroughly investigated.

“We will continue to update Marian’s family and our thoughts remain with them.”

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