Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned over the whereabouts of a missing Glenrothes man and admit they have little to go on.
A fresh appeal for information was issued this week as officers across Fife continue to search for Wayne ‘Bagsy’ Fleming who is from the Glenrothes area but also has connections with Kirkcaldy, Leven and Cowdenbeath in central Fife.
This has already proved to be a significant enquiry with dedicated resources and the little we currently know about his whereabouts means officers need to dig deeper.
The 39-year-old has not been seen since the last confirmed sighting on February 25 at a Cadham pharmacy, a week after he was released from prison.
Chief Inspector Nicola Shepherd said the public response for information so far had been disappointing and had thrown up little in the way of definite leads.
“The lack of people coming forward and the fact that we are still working to substantiate possible sightings is making the enquiry even more difficult,” she said.
“We have had a substantial passage of time since since the last confirmed sighting until the family alerted the police with their concerns for Wayne’s whereabouts which has made the task more difficult and wide ranging.
“But we remain committed to doing all we possibly can to finding him and that won’t change,” she added.
Officers are now searching for possible CCTV sightings and calling on Wayne’s friends and associates to come forward.
Inspector Derek Paxton said they are continuing to keep an open mind as to his whereabouts but confirmed mobile phone records have drawn a blank, with Wayne not thought to be using a mobile phone at the time of his last confirmed sighting.
“He has been known to lead something of a nomadic lifestyle and moved about the area frequently, but we are sure someone locally has an idea where he is and we urge any of his associates to contact us,” said Inspector Paxton.
“While Wayne was known to the police over the years and had part of his life in and out of jail, there is nothing to suggest there has been any sort of criminality regarding his disapearance.
“We just want Wayne or anyone who knows him, to come forward and let either his family or us know he is safe.
“This has already proved to be a significant enquiry with dedicated resources and the little we currently know about his whereabouts means officers need to dig deeper.”
Bagsy, as he is more commonly known, is described as a white male with a stocky build, around 5ft 3in in height with blue eyes, black shaved hair and a tattoo of a mushroom on his arm.
Two weeks ago Wayne’s mum Helen issued a statement through the police.
She said: “We’re asking Wayne to please get in touch with me or any other member of his family, such as his cousin Kerry Ann Brown, or any of his friends. We just want to know that he’s okay.”
Anyone may have information is asked to contact Glenrothes police on 01592 418618.