The family of a Scot who v anished more than a decade ago have begged him to make contact on his 50th birthday.
The then 38-year-old had an interest in Buddhism and his family believed he may have started a new life at a religious retreat.
But despite numerous public appeals, false sightings and searches, Edward has never been traced.
Appealing to her nephew on his 50th birthday today, his aunt, Grace, said: “Please get in touch with us, it’s been 11 years. It’s not like you to go missing.
“We miss you and love you. Please get in touch with myself, the Missing People charity or anyone.
“We want to know where you are and that you’re safe and well, but it would be nice to know anything at all.’
Edward, who was a student at Reid Kerr College, is 5 ft 8in with blue eyes and had black, cropped, balding hair at the time of his disappearance.
He had a stocky build, full short facial hair and two of his front teeth were capped, with one of his bottom teeth possibly missing.
His mum Betty died after a number of years searching for her son with the help of her sister Grace.
Last year, his brother Stuart told how he trawls online for any sightings of his brother, who took up Buddhism in his early 30s and had visited retreats alone before he disappeared.
He was previously thought to have been spotted on CCTV in Birmingham, but police were again unable to trace him.
Stuart said: “We know he visited a Buddhist monastery in Lockerbie. We have contacted them numerous times over the years with no luck.
“There was also a grainy image from a shopping centre in Birmingham about two years after he left but that didn’t come to anything either.
“We just wish he would contact us. We just need to know what happened to him and whether he is alright.”
The charity Missing People urged Edward to make contact on a free, confidential helpline.
Publicity Officer Ndella Senghore said: “We just want to provide you with the support you need and help you to be safe.
“The helpline is here to support people who are missing or thinking of going missing and their loved ones who are left behind.”
Missing People can be contacted confidentially by calling or texting 116 000 or by emailing [email protected]
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