Police mount full scale hunt for missing teen

Divers searching for missing teeanger Thomas Brown at the River Leven. Pic George McLuskie
Divers searching for missing teeanger Thomas Brown at the River Leven. Pic George McLuskie

The search is continuing for a missing teenager who was last seen in Methil on Friday night.

Seventeen-year-old Thomas Brown had been in the Steelworks Brae area with a group of friends when he went missing at around 10.00 p.m.

On Monday, specialist police divers were brought in to scour the River Leven as part of the search for Thomas, who lives in Springfield, near Cupar.

As the Mail went to press, it was hoped the search of the River Leven could continue , weather permitting, yesterday (Tuesday).

Chief Inspector Graeme Kinmond, in charge of the operation, said police are “very concerned” for the safety of Thomas, who went missing in an area know locally as ‘The Dam’.

He said: “It is very poorly lit at the Dam.

“He was with a number of friends.”

But CI Kinmond said that when they reached an area where there was better lighting, friends realised he was no longer with them, but they simply thought he had taken another route home.

The Mail understands that Thomas, who lives with his mother and sister in Springfield, near Cupar, is a member of the travelling community.

His family, who say that Thomas is normally in regular contact with them via text and phone calls, reported him missing at around 2.00p.m. on Saturday morning when they had not heard from him for a number of hours.

Inspector Andrew Sneddon, who is co-ordinating the inquiry, said: “It is out of character for Thomas not to be in touch with his family and we are keen to hear from anyone who may have information as to his whereabouts.

“It may be the case that he has met other friends and does not realise we and his family are worried about him. We just want to be assured that he is safe and well.

“Additionally, the area in which he was last seen is well used by dog walkers and I would urge them to let us know if they see anything which may help us trace Thomas.”

Thomas is described as 5ft 5ins in height, of slim build, with blue eyes and his hair is shaved at the sides but longer on the top.

When last seen he was wearing a grey hooded top with a blue hood, a black Nike tee-shirt with an orange logo and grey track suit trousers with denim pockets.

Anyone with information or who can assist in establishing his whereabouts is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.