Public turn out to help woodland search for missing Glenrothes man

Getting ready to begin the search of the woods
Getting ready to begin the search of the woods

Around 30 members of the public joined a specialist search and rescue team this morning to help search an area of woodland close to Auchtermuchty in the hope of finding missing Glenrothes man Allan Bryant.

The search of an area known locally as Muchty Woods was triggered after several people posted on the Bryant family’s Facebook page that they had seen Allan at a ‘rave’ event in the wooded area on the night of his disappearance.

Allan was last seen leaving Styx nightclub in Glenrothes in the early hours of Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Despite the biggest missing persons search ever undertaken by police in Fife, the whereabouts of the 24-year-old remains a mystery.

It’s the third time Iain Marshall and specialist search dog ‘Barra’ from K9 Search and Recovery specialists have been brought in to help.

“It follows the information that Mr Bryant has received and from comments made on Facebook we have highlighted an area of interest,” Mr Marshall explained.

“What we do when we reach the area where the rave was reported to have taken place then we will search that immediate area and then work our way outwards.

“We will brief the volunteers and they will search in a formation behind us so as to not disturb anything.”

Fellow K9 Search and Recovery colleague Graham Clyde added that should anything significant to Allan’s disappearance be found then they would seal off the area to allow police to conduct a full examination of the area in question.

For a full report of the search see this week’s Glenrothes Gazette, out on Wednesday.