Mum 'heartbroken' as husband and son tragically found dead after Glencoe hike

Gemma and Tom on their wedding day
-Credit: (Image: Facebook)

The mum and wife of a dad and young son who tragically died after going missing while hillwalking in Glencoe said she has been left 'heartbroken'.

Tom Parry, 49, and 12-year-old Richie Parry, from Alsager in Cheshire, were reported missing on Wednesday, May 29 after they failed to return home. The pair are believed to have visited Glen Nevis before heading to Glencoe.

Their vehicle was found in the Three Sisters car park where they stopped on Tuesday. A major search involving several groups of volunteers from Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team was started but Police Scotland sadly confirmed on Thursday morning the bodies believed to be the missing males had been found.

They are yet to be formally identified but Tom and Richie's family have been made aware. However speaking at the family home, Gemma Parry told the Daily Mail: "I've not heard anything more," before adding: "I'm doing the best I can. I'm heartbroken"

Members of St Mary's Magdalene in Alsager, where the family are believed to attend, paid tribute to Tom and Ritchie.

Tom was hillwalking with his son Richie when tragedy struck
Tom was hillwalking with his son Richie when tragedy struck -Credit:Facebook

Posting on their Facebook page, they wrote: "Hearing the tragic news this morning regarding the heartbreaking deaths of Tom and Richie Parry. We at St. Mary's offer our sincerest condolences and prayers to all their family, friends, and neighbours, and for all who are now coming to terms with this shocking and devastating news.

"St. Mary's Church will continue to be open, as it is everyday, for anyone who wishes to come in and peacefully hold Tom, Richie, and all their family, in their thoughts and prayers.

"And we pray that in your gracious and loving mercy Lord, Tom and Richie may rest in peace, and rise in glory, and that all their loved ones, and all who grieve, will know your comfort and strength at this truly difficult time.

"In your holy name we pray. Amen."

Mum Gemma says she has been left heartbroken by her son Richie and husband Tom's death -Credit:Facebook
Mum Gemma says she has been left heartbroken by her son Richie and husband Tom's death -Credit:Facebook

Richie played for Under 13s football club AFC Alsager. The team said they were deeply concerned when they heard about their disappearance. A statement read: "Our thoughts are with their family and friends."

Enquiries are ongoing into what happened to Tom and Richie, but there are no apparent suspicious circumstances.

A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal in due course.

Inspector Craig Johnstone said: "Two bodies found following search in Glencoe. They are yet to be formally identified.


However, the family of father and son Tom Parry, 49, and Richie Parry, 12, from Cheshire, who had been reported missing in the area, have been made aware. Our thoughts are with all those involved.

"I would like to thank all emergency services and Mountain Rescue volunteers.”

Glencoe has claimed several lives in the past year - including experienced guides and walkers.

We previously told that three people, including experienced mountain glider Dave Fowler tragically fell to their death in August 2023. Dave, 39, was leading two people on a trek on Aonach Eagach when they got into difficulty.

Glencoe Mountain Rescue Team volunteers reached the trio, who are understood to have been roped together, but due to darkness and the mountainous terrain, the rescuers had to return in daylight to resume the tragic recovery mission.

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