Found Deceased Josh Gayton, 21, Sailor, missing from a Scots Navy Base, last seen at 12.30am in Helensburgh, Scotland,16 April 2024

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COPS have launched a frantic search for a missing Royal Navy sailor who disappeared in Scotland.

Josh Gayton was last seen at a petrol station in Helensburgh yesterday morning at around 12.40am.
The 21-year-old was spotted on the town's East Clyde Street heading towards Craigendoran.

He is not known to the local area and is believed to be stationed at the nearby HMNB Clyde, commonly known as Faslane.

The sailor is described as 5ft 9 of stocky build and has brown hair was a red/brown beard.

When he was last seen he was wearing a grey Nirvana t-shirt, black trousers, white Nike trainers and a silver chain with a cross.

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Josh's Facebook profile

His family are desperately posting appeals :( fingers crossed for a fast and safe return home!
 
Police Scotland Argyll & West Dunbartonshire are continuing to appeal for information to help trace missing man Josh Gayton, and have updated their appeal with new information and new photos.

The 21-year-old was last seen on CCTV walking alone, away from Helensburgh town centre, towards the footpath on East Clyde Street, near to Lomond Street, at 12.46am.

Extensive enquiries are ongoing and CCTV reviews have revealed that a man matching Josh’s description was seen speaking with a member of the public at 12.25am outside Riva restaurant on West Clyde Street. If this was you, can you please contact police as a matter of urgency.

Further CCTV reviews have identified two vehicles which may have driven past Josh as he is walking on East Clyde Street between 12.15am and 12.46am.The first vehicle appears to be a white or light-coloured Mini. The second vehicle is a blue van, similar to a Ford Titanium Connect. It may have had red writing on the van and alloy wheels. If you were in either of these vehicles, please get in touch with us.

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Full updated appeal (Police Scotland Argyll & West Dunbartonshire Facebook page)
 
Officers are continuing to appeal for information to help trace missing man Josh Gayton.

The 21-year-old was last seen on CCTV walking alone, away from Helensburgh town centre, towards the footpath on East Clyde Street, near to Lomond Street, at 12.46am.

Extensive enquiries are ongoing and CCTV reviews have revealed that a man matching Josh’s description was seen speaking with a member of the public at 12.25am outside Riva restaurant on West Clyde Street. If this was you, can you please contact police as a matter of urgency.

Further CCTV reviews have identified two vehicles which may have driven past Josh as he is walking on East Clyde Street between 12.15am and 12.46am.

The first vehicle appears to be a white or light-coloured Mini. The second vehicle is a blue van, similar to a Ford Titanium Connect. It may have had red writing on the van and alloy wheels. If you were in either of these vehicles, please get in touch with us.

Josh is described as 5ft 9ins in height, of stocky build, has brown hair and a red/brown beard. He was wearing a grey ‘Nirvana’ t-shirt, black trousers, white Nike trainers and a silver chain with a cross.

He was reported missing after concerns were raised he did not attend work at nearby Faslane Naval Base.

Local Area Commander Chief Inspector Allan Dickson said: “It is unusual for Josh to not be in touch with anyone and we are concerned about him.

“We have significant resources dedicated to this enquiry and we are urging the public to come forward with any information relating to his whereabouts.

“If you were in the area at the time, please think back, did you notice anyone matching his description? I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have dashcam footage showing Josh, or the two vehicles which may have driven past him between 12.15am and 12.46am.

“If anyone has seen Joshua, or has any information as to his whereabouts, please contact police. I would also urge people who live in the area to check outbuildings and sheds.”

An increased visible police presence and Navy personnel will be in the Helensburgh area carrying out searches over the coming days.


CI Allan Dickson said: “We are working closely with a host of specialist officers in order to maximise our response. You will see increased activity in the area, please do not be alarmed.

“We have adopted a multi-agency approach to this enquiry, assisted by the Royal Navy and Ministry of Defence police, and searched will be carried out by land, sea and air.

“Anyone with any information can contact any of these officers, or call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident 0732 of Tuesday, 16 April, 2024.”

Read more - Officers continue to appeal for information to trace missing man Josh Gayton - Police Scotland
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At this point I feel like he's either thinking *advertiser censored*! I'm in big trouble with work and has chosen to lay low for a while to figure things out mentally, or he somehow went into the Loch and was too impaired to get himself back out. As improbable as the first one might seem, I much prefer it over the other. :(
MOO
 
Yes according to his family, he was drunk after a night out with friends.

He walked along a pathway which is close to a loch. This is taken from a news article.

I don't know about the first point, but when last seen he was around 50 metres from the River Clyde.

ok well I'll be surprised if he's found anywhere but the river unfortunately
 
Not unexpected, but desperately sad nonetheless.


From the police Scotland Argyll & Dunbartonshire fb page:

Around 6.20pm on Sunday, 21 April 2024, police received a report the body of a man had been found in water off Helensburgh.

Formal identification has still to take place, however, the family of Joshua Gayton, last seen in Helensburgh on Tuesday, 16 April, 2024, has been notified.

A post mortem examination will be carried out in due course, however, the death is not being treated as suspicious.

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
 
From Police Scotland Argyll & West Dunbartonshire:

Following our appeal for a member of the public who was seen speaking to Josh Gayton in Helensburgh at 12.25am on Tuesday, 16 April, 2024, to come forward, they did so and provided information for our enquiries.
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We asked a member of the public who was seen speaking to Josh outside a restaurant on West Clyde Street at 12.25am in the town to come forward and they did so and provided information for our enquiries.

Police Scotland Argyll & West Dunbartonshire Facebook page (full statement)
 

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