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Missing man Paul McEwen 'seen under Erskine Bridge'

Paul McEwen
Image caption Mr McEwen is believed to have been seen under the Erskine Bridge

A man from Essex who was reported missing two months ago is believed to still be alive in Scotland.

Paul McEwen, from Tilbury, was reported missing by his wife on 17 November after she had not seen him for 10 days.

The 49-year-old handyman is believed to have been seen under the Erskine Bridge on the River Clyde on New Year's Eve.

Mr McEwen, who speaks with a strong Scottish accent, is described as white, of thin build, about 5ft 10in tall and has light-brown hair.

On New Year's Day, a relative living in Scotland received a Facebook friend request from a man named "Scoop McEwen".

Although there was no profile photograph, the date of birth used by Scoop was the same as Paul McEwen's.

His sister, Irene Cooper, said: "We are all desperately concerned for Paul. We just want to know he is safe and well.

"There are a lot of people who love and care for him and we want him to know that he can contact us anytime."

Family hope

She added: "The sighting on New Year's Eve and this Facebook interaction gives us hope that he is alive as we had feared the worst. The police are doing all they can to help trace him."

The man, believed to be Mr McEwen, who was spotted under the Erskine Bridge was wearing high-visibility trousers and jacket and was carrying a satchel.

He had been asking for directions.

The sighting was made by a woman who saw an article in the local newspaper and recognised the man she had spoken to as Mr McEwen.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Essex Police.

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