100 days of anguish looking for Allan

Allan Bryant
Allan Bryant

The timeline in the search for finding a young Glenrothes man ...

The last three months have been described as a “living nightmare” by the parents of missing Glenrothes man Allan Bryant who has not been seen since he left a local nightclub in the early hours of November 3 last year. As the police search, one of the most significant and intensive ever conducted by Police in Fife, we look at the key moments as the search continues beyond its 100th day.

November 3, 2013.

Allan Bryant Jnr was last seen at 2.02 a.m. outside Styx Nightclub in Caskieberran Road, Glenrothes, after attending a friends engagement party.

November 7.

Allan’s father, also Allan, made an emotional plea for his son to come home.

November 8-9.

Police hope Styx club regulars will hold the key to the whereabouts of Allan Bryant Jnr, the club’s CCTV captured the last confirmed sighting of Allan leaving the club at 2.02 a.m. the previous Sunday morning.

November 11.

Police criticised by Allan Bryant Snr when an incident support van to be situated outside the Glenrothes nightclub where his son was last seen failed to materialise following a vehicle breakdown. It was hoped the police presence would jog people’s memories a week on from Allan Jnr’s disappearance.

November 11.

Family and friends begin to distribute 50,000 missing posters initially in the Glenrothes area and then across towns and communities in Fife, appealing for information.

November 12.

Teams of police officers drafted in from across Fife and central Scotland to help search hedges, fields and woodland in the Glenrothes area.

November 14.

Police divers brought in to trawl ponds and river in Riverside Park as search continues.

November 22.

On the eve of Allan’s 24th birthday, his mum Marie Degan, made an a tearful appeal to the public for information as to Allan’s whereabouts. The appeal made from Glenrothes Police Station was also included on STV 6.00 p.m. news broadcast that same evening. Chief Inspector Derek McEwan also reiterated that the search would continue “for as long as it takes” and that renewed resources available through Police Scotland would be administered.

December 14.

Images were beamed to 60,000 football fans during half time interval at the Celtic v Hibernian game at Celtic Park.

December 24.

Allan’s mother and father give an emotional interview to the Gazette lifting the lid on their ongoing heartache and despair. Mum Marie says she now “fears the worst” and thinks her son is dead as Police continue their search for the missing 24-year-old.

January 5.

Charity football match held to raise funds to help the continued appeal for information.

January 8.

Family issue a video thanking the public for their continued support.

January 13.

Police Scotland say they remain “fully committed” to what has become the most significant missing person enquiry ever undertaken by police in Fife.

January 15.

Allan Bryant Snr dismissed suggestions that any form of protest should be made about how the police have handled the search for the missing 24-year-old and in a video posted on Facebook said he was “reassured” that the police would not give up the search for his son.

January 22,

2014. Police met to update community leaders and supporters of the Bryant family on progress.

January 29.

Allan Bryant Snr praises the Gazette for its support in keeping the developments of the continued search in the public eye.

February 4.

Police release a new poster and issue an updated appeal for information.

February 10.

Family announce the cash reward has been doubled to £2000 thanks to a donation from Kingdom Credit Union, Glenrothes. An new e-poster has been distributed across social media.

Police renew appeal to Glenrothes public

In what has become one of the most wide-ranging and extensive missing person searches ever conducted in Fife, police say they remain committed to ending the suffering by family members of the missing 24-year-old.

Chief Inspector Derek McEwan, who is overseeing the ongoing enquiries to trace Allan, said: “This is one of the largest missing person searches ever conducted in Fife and has seen specialist resources including helicopter, divers and search dogs used.

“We would ask everyone who has any type of outdoor structure in their garden or land to check it again, even if they have already done so, and to regularly check it for any sign of Allan.

“His family are, understandably, desperate for any news about Allan or his whereabouts and I would once again ask that anyone who has any information to call Police Scotland on 101 or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Glenrothes Community Inspector, Derek Paxton, added: “As well as hundreds of enquiries to trace potential witnesses, extensive searches in the Glenrothes area have been completed by specialist search officers working from where Allan was last seen.

“From our meeting with Allan’s family and friends, their frustration and anxiety remains all too apparent in not knowing where he is.”