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Body of Preston man found in search

Outdoor life: Edward Jackson

Outdoor life: Edward Jackson

A walker from Preston has been found dead after going missing on a walking holiday in Scotland.

Edward Jackson, who was also known as Ted, was on holiday in the Scottish Outer Hebrides when he was reported missing on 
Sunday sparking a massive search operation.

Rescue teams from the Scottish police, Hebridean Search and Rescue, coastguard staff and the Police Scotland dog section had all been hunting for the 55-year-old since he was spotted on Sunday morning on a path on the Maraig and Urgha circuit in North Harris. But on Monday afternoon police in the area confirmed that a body had been found in the Western Isles.

Formal identification has not yet taken place, but Mr Jackson’s next of kin have been informed.

Concern had grown for Mr Jackson who was wearing royal blue waterproofs, walking boots and was carrying a rucksack and walking poles when he was last seen at the weekend.

It is believed the first part of the circular walk between Maraig and Urgha runs along the side of Loch Lascadail and is said to be relatively easy amongst walkers.

However the walk becomes more difficult leaving Urgha, following the old postman’s path to Rhenigidale where there is a large hill to climb followed by a narrow, steep path zig-zagging down the other side of the hill on the Rhenigidale side.

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