The mother of a missing Tayside man has told how she’s trying not to let the ordeal affect her health.
Carole Kelbie, 69, from Brechin, said her son Anthony would be heartbroken to know that his disappearance is causing the family such pain.
Mrs Kelbie said: “I’m just trying to keep myself together for Anthony. The last thing he would want is for me to become ill so I’m determined to look after myself.”
The 48-year-old went out to buy a lighter on August 19 — just hours after being treated in hospital for a bang on the head — and he hasn’t been seen since.
He suffered noticeable cuts to the side of his head and a lump and cut on his forehead after falling at Seagate Bus Station in Dundee following a seizure.
Mrs Kelbie said: “Obviously if he had taken a seizure outside then somebody would have seen him by now.
“It’s the not knowing that is the difficult thing. It doesn’t matter how old you are, he was constantly in touch with me.
“I’ve never been out of touch with him for over a week before. He would have phoned me if he was able to.”
Police were continuing the search for Mr Kelbie in Brechin on Tuesday.
Mr Kelbie remains missing despite an extensive search of the river and the surrounding undergrowth on Monday with the assistance of the police helicopter.
She said: “He was once told he was a mummy’s boy and he said: ‘Yes, that’s me’. He would be so upset that he’s causing all this worry for his family.
“That’s the kind of person he is – he would be more concerned about how I’m feeling.”
Police made an appeal to motorists who were driving along the Brechin to Arbroath Road, A933, between 9.30pm and 11pm on Saturday August 19 and who may have seen someone matching Mr Kelbie’s description to get in touch.