Private investigators join the search for missing Aviemore man Rodrigo Falcon
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Private investigators are now on the case to trace Aviemore man Rodrigo Falcon who has not been seen or heard from since mid-December.
Impartial Investigations Scotland has joined the search for the 33-year-old who went missing in sub-zero temperatures after a night-out with friends in Aviemore.
It is understood that they are not charging for their services.
The business has private investigators based in Inverness, Glasgow and Leicestershire.
Impartial Investigations Scotland has put out an appeal for information on the whereabouts of Rodrigo.
He had been in The Vault nightclub in the centre of Aviemore in the early hours of December 11, last year, with friends when he was last seen.
The last confirmed sighting of him was then on CCTV camera walking on Grampian Road towards the southern end of Aviemore around 3.10am despite him living in Dalfaber in the opposite direction.
Impartial Investigations Scotland have said that finding missing people is its area of speciality and its 'principal investigators are highly-experienced'.
Their website states: "Through our membership of the Association of British Investigators, we have contacts and have earned the trust to be provided with access to databases which help find people who have been out of touch with their families for some time – for whatever reason.
"Importantly, we still do legwork. Therefore, we will phone flatmates and neighbours and we go and knock on doors.
"Of course, we send letters and professional witnesses. We make sure our information to the client is as up-to-date as possible.
"By finding the long-lost family member and passing a message to tell them they are still missed, we end heartaches."
They also state they have private investigators in Scotland who may work for free: "This is the bit our competitors find hard to understand. There may be some services for which we do not charge.
"This will usually involve unsolved or long-standing cases. We may think it right to help get a family the truth about what has happened."
Their two principals are full members of the Association of British Investigators (the ABI) – the ABI is the most trusted body for the UK investigation industry.
Impartial Investigations Scotland declined to comment on their investigation at this stage.
Police officers carried out extensive searches and enquiries in the days and weeks which followed but they appear no closer to a breakthrough in the case.
The community rallied around with more than 100 locals helping with the searches.
Chief Inspector Scott Robertson recently the Strathy: “Sadly, Rodrigo Falcon remains missing in the Aviemore area.
“This has been an incredibly difficult few months for Rodrigo’s family and friends.
"We know this is a feeling shared in the local community in Aviemore and we are grateful to them for their support of our enquiries
“Extensive searches and enquiries have been carried out, sadly so far without success, and we will continue to act on any new information received.
“Anyone who believes they can help is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 2387 of 11 December, 2022.”
The River Spey and other watercourses and lochs have been searched by police divers for Rodrigo who moved to the Aviemore area around eight years ago.
Posters continue to be displayed by local businesses and on street furniture in Aviemore drawing attention to Rodrigo's disappearance in the hope they could lead to new sightings or other clues.
Rodrigo is described as being 5ft 6in tall, of slim build, with dark hair cut in a mullet style with a moustache and beard.
He was wearing baggy jeans and a red jumper but not his distinctive coat which is understood to have been left behind along with his phone at The Vault despite the freezing conditions outside.
Rodrigo was reported missing when he failed to turn up to work at Glenmore's popular Pine Marten Bar and Scran.
Meanwhile, locals on social media have highlighted the lack of widespread media coverage given in the bid to find Rodrigo compared to Nicola Bulley whose body was found yesterday in the River Wyre.
She disappeared on January 27, earlier this year, whilst walking her dog in St Michael's on Wyre in Lancashire.
Lancashire Constabulary had said that there was no evidence of either suspicious activity or third party involvement in the disappearance and quickly stated that their working hypothesis was that she had fallen into the River Wyre.
Her case has attracted widespread media coverage.