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Family of Renfrewshire man missing in Lanzarote 'disappointed by lack of support' from Spanish police

The family of a man from Renfrewshire who's been missing in Lanzarote for two weeks say they have been left disappointed by a lack of support from the Spanish police.

Dad Gary Watson Shearer vanished from the resort town of Puerto del Carmen after having a few drinks in a pub called Bar 67 on March 14.

The 53-year-old is known to have type-2 diabetes and is believed to be prone to seizures, however was believed to have been in good spirits before he disappeared.

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Gary's parents Ann, 71, and Danny, 69, along with his sister Michelle, flew out to Lanzarote last weekend to help with the searches. His sister Nikki, 51, told the Daily Record her elderly parents haven't received support from Spanish police since they arrived.

She said: "There have been no further sightings of him anywhere. We're going out of our minds with worry. We're trying to stay positive, but the more days pass, the harder it is. We just want him home.

"My parents have been police officers searching the sea and flying over it in the helicopter but they have been left to their own devices to look for him.

"We're really disappointed that the police don't seem to be doing more.

"They haven't even organised a family liaison officer to support my parents and to be honest they need support. They are both really struggling. Gary was so close to them. They're devastated."

Gary's family has issued a poster with information (Facebook)

Gary had flown out to the Canary Island for St Patrick's Day alone and was filmed laughing and joking with people he had met in the bar on the night he vanished. He was reported missing after failing to appear for his flight home.

Nikki continued: "We've seen him on CCTV laughing and joking with six people he had met in the pub. We've spoken with them all and they all said he was happy and having fun. We still have absolutely no explanation as to what happened after he left the pub that night.

His sister Michelle, alongside staff at Bar 67 have organised another search for Gary at 12pm on Sunday morning. Sharing an image of a poster of Gary put together by the pub, she said: "Thank you so much Bar 67, can't thank you enough. Please come home bro."

Bar 67 says the family has been "absolutely devastated" by his disappearance. The business said online: "[They are] such nice people and they just want their family member home so if anyone knows anything please message me."

Gary was last seen wearing a green and white Celtic football top, white shorts and white trainers. He is described as being just over 5ft 2 with grey/black hair and a slight limp.

A spokesperson for the force on the neighbouring island of Gran Canaria said: “We are seeking the public’s help in discovering the whereabouts of 53-year-old Gary James Watson. We urge anyone with any piece of information they think could be of interest to us and may help us find Gary to contact us.”


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