Police in Vietnam have been urged by British diplomats to review their search for Jamie Taggart, the botanist who has been missing since November.
The news came in a letter to MSP Patrick Harvie from Hugo Swire, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Jamie, of the internationally renowned Linn Gardens in Cove on the Rosneath Peninsula, went missing while on a plant-hunting expedition in the remote Hoang Lien national park in northern Vietnam.
Mr Swire said there was still no evidence of which direction Jamie had taken while trekking, but the British embassy would continue to liaise with local authorities and keep him updated.
He said he had also written to his counterpart in the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vice Minister Bui Thanh Son, “to urge the Vietnamese government to maintain the profile of Mr Taggart’s disappearance locally and ask that police review their investigation for new leads that might warrant further searches.
“We now await their response to consider whether there is any further support that we can offer.”
The community in Cove and Kilcreggan has raised thousands of pounds to help the search for Jamie (42), a volunteer firefighter who is a well known figure locally.
But no clues have been found as to his movements after he was dropped off by a motorbike taxi on November 1 – it took four weeks to his family to discover he was missing,
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has also contacted the FCO about the case, while Hollywood star Hugh Grant, who has family connections to Linn Gardens, has made a substantial donation to the search fund.