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Bodies found in search for missing father and son

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Two bodies have been found during a search in Glen Coe for a missing father and son from Cheshire.

Police said formal identification had still to take place, but the family of Tom Parry, 49, and his 12-year-old son Richie, from the town of Alsager, had been made aware.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team described the father and son as experienced hillwalkers.

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Police Scotland said inquiries were ongoing but there were no apparent suspicious circumstances. Insp Craig Johnstone said: “Our thoughts are with all those involved. I would like to thank all emergency services and mountain rescue volunteers.”

Glen Coe is a hugely popular visitor destination

Mr Parry worked for risk management company The Senate Group.

In a statement, the firm said: “All of us at The Senate Group are devastated to have heard the tragic news about Tom and his son, Richie today.

“Tom was a remarkable team member and friend, who was exceptionally hard working and dedicated to his role. He made consistently excellent contributions to our team that were greatly valued by all of us.”

The company said Mr Parry would be missed by his colleagues and customers.

It added: “We send our sincere condolences for the loss of Tom and Richie to their family, along with our thoughts and prayers.”

Richie had recently joined AFC Alsager’s newly formed under-13s football team.

St Mary’s Church in Alsager said its prayers were with the Parry family and their friends and neighbours after what is described as being “shocking and devastating news”.

In a social media post the church said: “St Mary’s Church will continue to be open, as it is everyday, for anyone who wishes to come in and peacefully hold Tom, Richie, and all their family, in their thoughts and prayers.”

St Mary’s Church in Alsager has offered support to the local community

Mr Parry and his son were due to return home on Wednesday after visiting Glen Nevis and Glen Coe on a trip to the Scottish Highlands.

This area has been hit by thundery downpours this week, with a Met Office yellow “be aware” warning for thunderstorms being put in place on Monday.

Police confirmed their car had been found in the Three Sisters car park in Glen Coe, where they set off from on Tuesday.

An HM Coastguard helicopter assisted in the search.

The landscape and history of Glen Coe draws thousands of visitors every year.

Source: BBC

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