Cameron McNeish joins appeal for missing reporter

ONE of Britain’s best-known hill-walkers and outdoor pursuits journalist has joined an appeal for a missing newspaper reporter.

Cameron McNeish has called on walkers in the Scottish Highlands and Skye to be on the alert for Clive Dennier (pictured) and his distinctive silver Volkswagen Polo car.

Clive, 50, from Inverness has not been seen since the weekend and family and friends are becoming increasingly concerned for his safety.

He works for the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald and his disappearance is being described as out of character.

As efforts step up in the search for Clive, walkers, locals and visitors to the Highlands are being asked to look out for his silver car which has the registration SX54 CXD. The car is missing its hub caps.

In a media statement issued by friends of Dennier, McNeish is quoted, as saying: “During his career, Clive has often written about climbing accidents and hill walkers who have gone missing. It’s cruelly ironic that he is now the subject of a massive search .

“I would appeal to all hill-goers this Easter weekend to be particularly vigilant and keep a look out for Clive’s car.

“If we find that, the chances are that we’ll find him. Please make extra efforts to check out some of those remote parking areas and help the search and rescue services who, as ever, are doing a fantastic job.”

Members of the Skywatch Civil Air Patrol yesterday carried out an aerial search for Clive and his car.

They covered 250 nautical miles checking main car parks as well as out-of-the-way places including following the track back from Sandwell Bay. Flying at 1,000ft in good weather conditions in an area covering Brora, Cape Wrath and Ullapool, they spotted 15 silver cars which they checked out but there was no sign of Clive or his car.

The Mounineering Council of Scotland has also asked its members to help efforts to trace Clive.

Clive’s employers contacted police on Monday after he failed to turn up for work.

Anyone with information, is urged to contact police on 101.