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Arnold Mouat's Body Found After Being Reported Missing A Month Ago

The police's handling of the case has been referred to the watchdog.

06/08/2017 20:23 BST

The body of a man who was reported missing a month ago has been found at his family home.

The police’s handling of the case has been referred to the watchdog after Arnold Mouat’s body was found in a house in Bo’ness 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.

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The body of Arnold Mouat, pictured, was found in a house in Bo’ness.

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

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

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.

Superintendent Martin Fotheringham, of Forth Valley Division, said: “This is a tragic set of circumstances and our thoughts and sympathies are with the Mouat family as they come to terms with their loss.

“Following a review of our response to this incident, Police Scotland has referred this matter to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

“We will provide them with all the necessary assistance and support they require during their investigation.

“I would like to thank those members of the public and media who responded to our appeal for information, in particular those who assisted with searching for Mr Mouat.

“We are continuing to support Mr Mouat’s family with dedicated family liaison officers and will continue to offer any assistance we can throughout this difficult time.”

A spokeswoman for the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) 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.

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