Search goes on for missing Cupar man

Oliver Smith
Oliver Smith

The search for missing Cupar man Oliver Smith is continuing this week.

Dr Smith, who is a lecturer in Russian at St Andrews University, hasn’t been seen since he set off for the Cuillins on the morning of Saturday, April 6.

It is understood the 33-year-old was on a weekend break to Skye with his partner Shelly Jacobsen and their one-year-old daughter, Thea.

The couple’s neighbour in James Inglis Crescent, Sylvia Wilson, said she was still praying for his safe return.

Mrs Wilson said: “We are all really worried for the family, We are hoping they find him soon.”

Dr Smith had planned to climb the munro Bla Bheinn but the alarm was raised when he did not return to his holiday accommodation in the evening.

A search was launched the next day and has continued almost every day since.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland Highland and Islands Policing Division said the search has involved Skye, Glenelg, Kintail and RAF mountain rescue teams, Police and SARDA dogs and Coastguard helicopter, Rescue 100.

A statement released by St Andrews University last week said: “Oliver’s family would like to express their immense gratitude to all those involved in the ongoing search and rescue operation, as well as to those who have offered their kind support in other ways.”

The spokesperson added: “Our thoughts are very much with them and with him at this difficult time.”