Tributes paid as searches reach sad end

Police divers discovered the body of Thomas Brown, 17, last week
Police divers discovered the body of Thomas Brown, 17, last week

A tragic shadow was cast over Christmas for two Fife families last week, after the bodies of two missing young people were discovered.

Tributes were paid to Thomas Brown (17), known as Tommy to his friends and family, who was found by police divers in the River Leven at Methil last Wednesday afternoon.

He’d become separated from friends on a night out in Levenmouth the previous Friday.

Also on Wednesday, the body of Catriona Kennedy was recovered from a beach at Dumbarnie Links, near Upper Largo.

Tommy, of Springfield, was described by his family as a loving, gentle-natured boy who was popular, outgoing and loved spending time with his family.

He had last been seen in Methil around 9.20 p.m. on December 13.

His family became increasingly concerned and, the following day, he was reported missing to police, who launched an extensive search.

Police divers began searching the River Leven at a part known locally as the ‘dam’ on Monday last week but, owing to high tide, the fast flowing river and short daylight, the search was very difficult.

Tommy’s extended family had been down at the dam and the surrounding area since Saturday in the hope of finding him nearby and remained there until he was found.

They said: “Tommy will be sadly missed by his parents, Betsy and Tommy, and siblings Hughie, Elizabeth Anne, Mary, Patricia, Dean and sister-in-law Janet. Tommy worked with his father as a landscape gardener. He also helped his many uncles and brother Hughie, who are also landscape gardeners and builders when needed. Tommy was part of Scotland’s travelling fraternity who have very close relationships with all family members from all over Scotland and his death has left the extended family in shock at their loss.”

Body of missing woman confirmed as Catriona

The body of Catriona Kennedy, from Leven, was also found on Wednesday, by a dog walker, on the beach at Dumbarnie Links Wildlife Reserve, Upper Largo.

Catriona, who was 29, has been missing since the night of December 16.

Her family did not wish to make any public comment on her death.

Detective Sergeant Jim McGuiness, who is overseeing the inquiry, said: “Pending the results of a post mortem, we are currently treating this as an unexplained death.”