Search for missing teenager - renewed appeal for driver

Police searching for missing student David O’Halloran are still keen to trace the white Skoda car seen in the area prior to the last sighting of the 18-year-old.

Images show the car, which has been confirmed as a taxi, driving through Bridge of Allan from the direction of the university and then returning a few minutes later.

Superintendent Gordon Dawson said: “We are renewing our appeal for the person who was driving this car or who may have been the passenger to come forward. We believe that the car may have dropped off a fare in the Inverallon Road or Minewoods areas of Bridge of Allan.”

The car is caught on CCTV at 2.14am as it heads through of Bridge of Allan in the direction of Keir Roundabout and is seen again 2.17am as it returns in the opposite direction back towards the university. David was seen on CCTV at 2.19am as he crosses Henderson Street.

Superintendent Dawson said: “There is nothing to suggest anything sinister surrounding the car or driver. We are keen to trace the driver, and any passengers, as they may be the last people to have seen David as he walked through Bridge of Allan.”

Checks have been carried out with taxi firms in Stirling.

“We do not believe that the taxi was from Stirling and we are keen to hear from anybody who may have been driving a white Skoda Octavia 2004 - 2009 model with a taxi or private hire plate on the right bumper, around this time on Friday January 18 or even if somebody was dropped off in Bridge of Allan,” said Superintendent Dawson.

The taxi had a small taxi sign on the roof towards the front of the vehicle and black rubbing strips along the side of the car.

Anyone who may have infomration can contact Central Scotland Police on the non-emergency number 101 or 01786 456000 or information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Warning Bell by Tom Baird in loving memory of David Paul O'Halloran

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This is a song by Tom Baird who was like a surrogate father to David. This song was written in loving memory of David, a great friend to me and many others and is available on ITunes for £0.79, which I think is around $1.30. You may wonder why I’m posting this but all proceed from the song go to various organisations that help raise awareness to young people and new students warning of the dangers of alcohol etc. There’s not much we can do but maybe it can help save another life. Thankyou. [source]