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Caithness.org News Bulletins -  March 2003

Missing Couple Found 4 March 03
The couple who went missing have been found safe and well just a couple of miles from where the car they were driving was found.  A reporter notified the police and they were discovered in a small wooded area checked out by a policeman and his dog.  The couple were taken for an over night stay at Caithness General Hospital in Wick.

Northern Constabulary Statement -
Northern Constabulary are pleased to announce that the missing persons NAOMI MILLS and MATHEW BROOKS have been found safe and well. The missing couple were located by Northern Constabulary dog handler Sergeant ALAN HEATH at 19:40 hours approximately 3 miles south of Tongue near to the southern edge of Loch Craggie.  Inspector Mathew Reiss, Northern Constabulary says, "I am delighted that the two people have been found safe and well and would like to take this opportunity to thank all those members of the public and the press who assisted in bringing this case to a satisfactory conclusion."

Police in Inverness today made an appeal to hill walkers and climbers who were in and around the Tongue area over the weekend to contact them.  Chief Superintendent Ramsay McGhee who is co-ordinating the police operation for Northern Constabulary said this afternoon, "I am appealing for any of the hill walkers, climbers and mountaineers who were in the area over the weekend, particularly yesterday, to contact me. This can be by phone, by email or by  calling in to any police office so that we can eliminate them from enquiries. The operation continues today with search team officers and officers from the police dog section covering the area around Tongue in Sutherland. 

Northern Constabulary today renewed their appeal for 15 year old Naomi Wills and 21 year old Matthew Brooks from the Worcester area to contact them.   Neither Naomi nor Matthew have been seen since Friday 28 February and Matthew's car was found yesterday in the area known as the Kyle of Tongue, near to the slipway and partially submerged in water.  This morning, as the search continues, police will be assisted again by the Coastguard and by Assynt Mountain Rescue team who are familiar with the area and who will be extending a search area to cover the hills following yesterday's shoreline search.

The MRT will also be searching bothies and outbuildings which are normally used by climbers and hillwalkers to the area and advising police of possible routes which the couple may have taken if they are indeed still in the area.  Ports and harbours including Scrabster and Ullapool will also be contacted this morning again by police as they continue their search.   Chief Superintendent Ramsay McGhee, Head of Operations who is co-ordinating the operational side of this enquiry said this morning, "The couple's safety and present whereabouts still remain a concern for both myself and colleagues in the Wester Mercia Police area. I would appeal to anyone who may have seen a couple answering their description to contact the police immediately.  As information comes in, we would like to eliminate possible hillwalkers from our enquiries so if you were in the Tongue area over the weekend, please contact us. If the couple themselves hear this appeal then I would appeal to them to get in touch with either myself, colleagues in West Mercia or parents and

Northern Constabulary Force Operations Number is 01463 715555.




Northern Constabulary are growing increasingly concerned over the safety and present whereabouts of a 15 year old girl and 21 year old man who have been reported missing and are thought to be in the Northern Constabulary area.  15 year old Naomi Mills and 21 year old Matthew Brooks from Worcester were last seen on Friday 28 February 2003 when Naomi left home to go to school. It is understood that she did not attend at her school and has not been seen since Friday morning. Matthew Brooks, a 21 year old Police Officer from Wester Mercia Constabulary, did not attend at his place of work on Friday morning and has not been seen for a number of days.

A blue Vauxhall Astra motor vehicle used by Matthew has been found on a beach at Tonque in Sutherland this morning and Coastguard are currently searching near to the Melness, Durness and Melvich areas.  Naomi is described as 5'3" tall, slim build, brown eyes and mousey blonde long straight hair. When last seen she was wearing a black knee length skirt, maroon crew neck jumper, white blouse, black tights and black shoes. She was carrying a grey and blue "Le Coq Sportif" ruck sack which has the initials "LCF" thereon.

Matthew is described as being 6'3", slim build with brown eyes and dark brown short hair. It is not know what he was wearing at the time of his disappearance.

Chief Superintendent Ramsay McGhee, Head of Operations, Northern Constabulary said today, "Northern Constabulary are growing increasingly concerned for the safety of these two people. The car which they are believed to have been using was found this morning, empty, on the south side of the causeway at the Kyle of Tongue and obviously this has heightened our concern for the couple. I would appeal to anyone who may have seen the couple in any area of the north of Scotland over the last day or so either in the vehicle - which is a distinctive convertible - or walking around the Tongue area to contact the police as soon as possible."