Search continues in Yorkshire Dales for missing walker

David McCartney.

A major search is continuing in the Yorkshire Dales today for a missing walker.

Police have issued an updated picture of David McCartney, who told his family on Monday he was heading out to go walking in Wharfedale for a few hours.

Volunteers from Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team have joined police and members of Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association, the Cave Rescue Organisation, Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team,  and the RAF Mountain Rescue Service in looking for the 74-year-old from Keighley.

Photo: Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team.

Handlers and animals from Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England and a Coastguard helicopter also took part in the search, which has been centred on Kettlewell and surrounding fells, including Great Whernside.

The missing man’s car was found in Kettlewell.

North Yorkshire Police said Mr McCartney told his family he was heading on a walking expedition lasting four to five hours.

He travelled to the Yorkshire Dales in his black Volvo 62-plate V60.

A police spokesperson said: “David’s family have stated that he speaks with a stutter. This may be distinctive to anyone who has seen or spoken to him.

“David is described as wearing a blue cagoule, red trousers, an orange and brown striped scarf and he was carrying a red and black rucksack.”

A photograph issued by police shows Mr McCartney in the jacket he was believed to wearing when he set out.

Call 999 if you have an immediate sighting of someone matching David’s description.

If you have any information that could assist us, please call us on 101, reference number NYP-18102021-0505.