25th SEPT 2018
Dr George Porteous, also known as Alex, left his Lockerbie medical practice a week ago and hadn’t been seen despite a huge land, loch and woodland search for the 51-year-old GP.
His car was found two days later at Beeswing Village, 20 miles from Lockerbie and seven miles from his home at Islesteps, near Dumfries.
Officers stepped up the search for the missing doctor since the weekend with the Police Scotland Underwater team searching Loch Arthur near where his car was found.
An inshore rescue boat team and three mountain rescue teams were also involved in the search.
The grim discovery was made about 11am this morning when officers discovered the body of a man in a woodland area near to Beeswing.
A Police Scotland spokesman said;
“The body has now been identified as that of Doctor Porteous and his family have been informed of this development. There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.
“Our thoughts are with the friends and family of Alex at this time and we also want to take the opportunity to thank the public for their assistance during this search, your shares and obvious concerns have not gone unnoticed.”
Hundreds of messages had been left on Facebook for the popular doctor and staff at his medical practice at Lockerbie have been rallying together keep services running.
They are being boosted by other GP’s in the town and surrounding area who have volunteered to step in and help.
Dr Grecy Bell, Deputy Medical Director of Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“All our thoughts are with Dr Porteous’ family and those who were involved in the co-ordinated search. We are extremely grateful to local GPs, pharmacists and the wider multi-disciplinary staff who have volunteered to step in and support the practice team and patients at Lockerbie practice.
It is a mark of the resilience of the practice team at Lockerbie Medical Practice that they are demonstrating such commitment to the welfare of their patients in these circumstances. Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership are providing support to the practice team at this difficult time to enable primary medical services to continue to be provided for the people of Lockerbie and surrounding areas.”
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