COPS searching for a missing Scots woman who was swept away during heavy rain and floods have made a tragic discovery.
Hazel Nairn was last seen in the water at the River Don, near Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, at around 3.05pm on Friday, November 18.
The 71-year-old is still missing despite extensive efforts by cops, coastguard and fire crews to find her.
It is understood she was trying to rescue her beloved pet Westie from the water, when tragedy struck just after 3pm.
Police have confirmed the body of Hazel’s dog was found near to the river yesterday.
Cops also say specialist teams have been called in to assist with the ongoing search for the pensioner.
Inspector Andrew Meikleham said: “Police are continuing to carry out searches and conduct enquiries to trace 71-year-old Hazel Nairn, who was last seen in the water in the River Don, near to Monymusk around 3.05pm on Friday, 18 November, 2022.
“Searches are being carried out from the area where Hazel was last seen downstream towards Aberdeen.
“Due to the deteriorating weather that afternoon, Hazel had been trying to get home safely from the village of Monymusk along with her dog. The body of Hazel’s dog was found near to the river on Wednesday, 23 November.
“Local officers and search advisors are being assisted by specialist resources including the Dive and Marine Unit as we continue to search for Hazel.”
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A candlelight vigil, dubbed ‘Hope for Hazel’ was held at Monymusk Parish Church last week as heartbroken community members came together.
West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MP, Andrew Bowie, said: “The deep sadness everyone is feeling right now for Hazel is, I know, nothing to that being felt by her closest friends and family in and around the Monymusk community.”
We told how torrential downpours triggered an amber weather warning as some parts of eastern Scotland were hit with a month’s worth of downpours in just a few hours.
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