Dad and son, 12, tragically fell to their deaths on Glencoe hike as mum pays emotional tribute

Police are searching for Tom Parry and son Richie
-Credit: (Image: Police Scotland)


A father and son who tragically fell to their deaths while on a hike in Glencoe have been formally identified by police.

Tom Parry, 49, died alongside son Richie Parry, 12, during a hillwalking trip to the Scottish Highlands. The pair from Alsager in Cheshire, went missing after they failed to return home on Wednesday, May 29. Sadly, cops confirmed the next day that their bodies had been discovered near Stob Coire Nan Lochan, Glencoe on Wednesday night at around 7.25pm.

Heartbroken mum Gemma Parry has released an official statement through Police Scotland as she thanked emergency services both north and south of the border.

In it she paid tribute to her "loving husband and son," as she told how Richie was full of energy and loved quizzes, maths, and sports..

Gemma said: “Tom was a caring and loving father to his children and a loving husband to me, his wife Gemma. Richie was an energetic, loving boy who loved his quizzes, maths, and sports. He always cared for others as well no matter what.

“We would like to take this chance to thank the Scottish and Cheshire police as well as the mountain rescue service along with all the other emergency services involved in finding Richie and Tom.

“We would also like to say to the press to give me and my family some privacy during this time of grieving. We would also like to thank the community of Alsager and all of our family friends who have helped us and supported us throughout this time.

Gemma and Tom on their wedding day
Gemma and Tom on their wedding day -Credit:Facebook

“Tom and Richie will be sadly missed and never forgotten."

Andrea O’Neill, Headteacher at Alsager School where Richie attended described the youngster as a kind and gentle boy.

She added: "We are all devastated by the tragic death of Richie Parry and his father, Tom. Richie was in our Year 7, and was the most thoughtful, kind and gentle young boy; a ray of sunshine. We send our thoughts and condolences to Richie’s mum, brother, family and friends. Our school counsellor and youth workers from our local churches will be in school next week to support pupils and staff.

Police say there are no suspicious circumstances and their deaths are being treated as the result of a fall. A report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

Inspector Katy Duncan, from Police Scotland, said: “Our thoughts remain with the Parry family at what is a very difficult time for them. We would like to thank everyone who responded to our appeal, to all emergency services and Mountain Rescue volunteers.”

Glencoe Mountain Rescue yesterday confirmed they had discovered the tragic father and son, while frantically searching the vast area. A multi-agency search was scrambled including rescue crews from England.

A spokesperson for Glencoe Mountain Rescue said: "We are deeply saddened by this outcome and our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the Parry family at this time."

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