The mother of missing Glenrothes man Allan Bryant made a tearful renewed appeal on the eve of her son’s 24th birthdays.
In an emotional address in a media briefing at Glenrothes Police Station on Friday, Marie Degan told reporters she now fears the the worst as police continue to comb the area for clues as to his whereabouts.
The last known sighting of Allan was outside Styx nightclub in the town at around 3am on Sunday, November 3.
But despite an extensive search, involving officers drafted in from across central Scotland and involving the use of two police helicopters, Glenrothes area commander, Chief Inspector Derek McEwan said Allan’s disappearance remained a “mystery”.
He confirmed that police were still treating it as a missing persons enquiry and not a criminal investigation and dismissed a number of what he called “malicious rumours” that were circulating on social media sites.
Ms Degan now fears her son may now have come to harm.
She said: “I would just like to say it’s going to be my son’s birthday, he’s going to be 24 and he’s never been away from home for more than two nights.
“This is just terrible, if somebody knows somebody who has been acting strange, please phone anonymously.
“I miss him so much and I just want him back.” Wiping away a tear, Ms Degan added: “There must be something stopping him from coming back. The only thing that would stop me coming home would be if I was dead or somebody was keeping me prisoner.
“Everything is going through my head - was he tortured? Was he battered? Did he fall asleep? Has there been an accident and are people too scared to come forward?
‘‘The things going through my head are unbelievable.
“I just want him back and want to know what has happened, someone must know something.”
Chief Inspector McEwan declined to discuss Allan Bryant’s mobile phone records but said they shed no light on his disappearance.
He added: “At the moment we still believe we are looking for a missing person. Allan’s disappearance is a mystery but we are determined to use everything at our disposal to find out what has happened here.”
‘This is still a missing persons enquiry...’
Sunday, November 3 - Allan Bryant last seen on CCTV leaving Styx nightclub, Caskieberran Road, Glenrothes at around 2am.
Last know sighting of Allan outside Styx at around 3am.
Thursday, November 7 - Allan’s father Allan Bryant Senior gives an emotional plea the safe return of his son.
Friday, November 22 -On the the eve of Allan’s 24th birthday, mother Marie Degan gives tearful appeal for information.