‘Rave’ search draws a blank in hunt for Allan Bryant

Around 30 members of the public helped the specialist search team at the wooded area near Auchtermuchty. Pics: Steve Brown
Around 30 members of the public helped the specialist search team at the wooded area near Auchtermuchty. Pics: Steve Brown

The father of missing Glenrothes man Allan Bryant has hit out at the lack of any police presence as around 30 members of the public joined a specialist search team.

The search of woodland 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 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.

“I’m astounded the police didn’t have officers attend the search after we passed on new information that could help in the search for our son,” Mr Bryant Snr told the Gazette.

“We have had to conduct the search ourselves with the help of the public and with money donated which is not acceptable,” he added.

We will never give up on bringing our son home

Allan Bryant Snr

“Despite the lack of support from the police we will continue to search for Allan and follow up on every possible lead. We will never give up on bringing our son home.”

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,” Iain explained.

The search failed to unearth any new clues as to the whereabouts of the missing 24-year-old.

Allan Bryant Jnr

Allan Bryant Jnr

Responding to the family’s criticism Detective Superintendent Gordon Crossan said: “Police officers have carried out extensive searches in Glenrothes and the surrounding area in an effort to trace Allan for the past 18 months.

“At present, it would be inappropriate for Police Scotland to participate in this effort as trained officers and specialist units have carried out extensive searches in areas based on intelligence gathered from members of the public and Allan’s last known movements.