By Lori Carnochan and Emma Craig
A family friend of missing 15-year-old Jason Black has appealed for him to call home after going missing last Thursday.
Marion Fairley, 24, from Ratho said close family friend Jason was last seen at the village bus stop on his way to an Edinburgh college.
Marion urges Jason to directly contact her family, saying: “The whole community is shaken over the disappearance of Jason.
“He didn’t have a house telephone number although he knew our number by heart, therefore we desperately want him to contact us so we know he is safe.”
The shock of Jason’s disappearance is said to be felt throughout the whole community of Ratho as he was a well known teenager who was seen every day.
Jason spent most of his free time outside the village shop or library where he socialized with his friends.
Due to his very shy nature, the idea of Jason leaving without any notice is completely out of character.
Marion is also concerned that if he is in trouble he will not have any funds to phone home, saying : “The only thing Jason is thought to have had when he left for the bus was his fare for the journey.
He didn’t even have his mobile phone as he left it in a jacket at home.”
Jason attended Panmure School in Edinburgh, as well as being a part-time student at Stevenson College, after leaving Balerno High School.
His close friends described him as a very trusting, happy boy who would do anything for anyone. Jason was said to be close to his elder sister Kerry who was the last person to see him and is thought to be devastated by his disappearance.
Jason is described as being 6ft tall, of slim build with light brown hair. He is a casual dresser who was last seen wearing a pair of blue jeans, a long dark jumper and a black jacket.
The police were contacted around 30 hours after he was last seen and they are currently investigating local CCTV footage and chasing up any leads they might have. Anyone with information is urged to contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.