Search for missing man scaled down

Oliver Smith
Oliver Smith

HOPES have all but faded that a north east Fife man who went missing while on a weekend break to Skye, will be found alive.

Dr Oliver Smith, who lives in Cupar with his partner Shelly Jacobsen and their one-year-old daughter, has not been seen since he set off to climb Bla Bheinn in the Cuillins on Saturday, April 6.

It is understood Dr Smith (33) had intended to climb the Munro before descending and taking the coastal path to Elgol via Loch Coruisk.

A massive search operation was launched when Dr Smith, a lecturer in Russian at St Andrews University, did not return to his accommodation that evening.

Search parties including the Kintail and Skye mountain rescue teams, Sarda (the Search and Rescue Dog Association), and the coastguard helicopter Rescue 100, spent all of the first week looking for him but the seach was scaled back by last weekend.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland, Highlands and Islands division confirmed that no searches had taken place this week and was unable to say if any more would take place this weekend.

She said the investigation was being treated as a missing person inquiry.

Last week Dr Oliver’s family issued a statement though St Andrews University in which they thanked those involved in the search, as well as those who had sent messages of support.

A spokesperson for the University said: “Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.”