Monday 25 September 2017

Family 'devastated' after body of dad missing for a month found at his home

Arnold Mouat, whose body was found in his family home on Saturday after he was reported missing a month ago
Arnold Mouat, whose body was found in his family home on Saturday after he was reported missing a month ago

Lucinda Cameron

The family of a man whose body was found at his house a month after he was reported missing have said they are "devastated" at their loss.

Arnold Mouat was found dead in his home in Bo'ness, Scotland on Saturday.

The 64-year-old was reported missing on July 7 having been last seen by his family the previous day in his house in Panbrae Road.

A large-scale search was held in a bid to find him, involving divers, mountain rescue and police dogs.

The police watchdog, Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC), is investigating the response to the missing person investigation.

In a statement issued through PIRC, the family of Arnold Mouat said: "As a family we are devastated by the loss of a loving husband and father and we are now trying to come to terms with what has happened.

"We would like to thank everyone for the support we have received over these last few difficult weeks but would now ask for our privacy to be respected so that we have the time and space to grieve in peace."

Mr Mouat's death is being treated as unexplained but the circumstances are not thought to be suspicious and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

Undated handout photo issued by Police Scotland of Arnold Mouat, 64, who has been missing since leaving his home four weeks ago. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 3, 2017. Mouat was last seen by family at around 11.30pm on Thursday July 6 in his house in Panbrae Road, Bo'ness, but he is thought to have left the property at some point during the night. See PA story SCOTLAND Missing. Photo credit should read: Police Scotland/PA Wire
NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Undated handout photo issued by Police Scotland of Arnold Mouat, 64, who has been missing since leaving his home four weeks ago. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 3, 2017. Mouat was last seen by family at around 11.30pm on Thursday July 6 in his house in Panbrae Road, Bo'ness, but he is thought to have left the property at some point during the night. See PA story SCOTLAND Missing. Photo credit should read: Police Scotland/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

After the body was found, Police Scotland said it had referred its handling of the case to the watchdog.

A PIRC spokesman said: "The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner is conducting an investigation into the response from Police Scotland to the missing person investigation for Arnold Mouat following a referral from Police Scotland.

"Mr Mouat, 64, was last seen at his home address in Panbrae Road, Bo'ness on the evening of Thursday July 6 2017.

His body was found on Saturday, 5 August 2017 at his home.

"The PIRC investigation will focus on the initial response from Police Scotland including the search of his home address.

"This investigation is in the very early stages and a report will be sent to the Chief Constable in due course."

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