THE body of a second man has been recovered from Gartmorn Dam, after two men were reported missing on Christmas Eve.

Police Scotland confirmed that the body of a 44-year-old man was pulled from the water on Sunday, January 14, three weeks after he was reported missing.

He has been locally identified as Greig Stoddart, who had been fishing with Ian McBurney before they got into difficulty on the water.

Ian’s body was recovered on Boxing Day, while a police operation was carried out over the following weeks to find Greig’s body.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 5pm on Sunday, January 14, 2024, the body of a second man was recovered from Gartmorn Dam, Sauchie, Alloa.

“He has been identified as a 44-year-old man was reported missing in the area on Sunday, December 24, 2023.

“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.

“On Tuesday, December 26, 2023, the body of a 55-year-old man was recovered from the water, after he had also been reported missing on Sunday, December 24, 2023.

“His family are aware.”

As reported by the Advertiser, Police Scotland had previously come under fire from Mr Stoddart’s family.

His relatives had blasted the police force for not acting quick enough to find his body, resulting in a three week wait for the family to be reunited with their loved one.

The family took to social media to hit out at Police Scotland’s handling of the search, insisting their loved one has become a “second priority.”

Police Scotland had reported on Christmas Eve that they had been made aware of concern for two men in the Gartmorn Dam area, with a search operation launched over the festive period.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland had said: “We were made aware of concern for two men in the area of Gartmorn Dam near Sauchie at around 12.20pm on Sunday, December 24.

“Around 12.30pm on Tuesday, December 26, the body of a man was found.

“Formal identification has yet to take place but both families have been made aware.”