There were tears and condolences for the family of Wayne Fleming yesterday evening (Wednesday) as people gathered to lay flowers and tributes close to the spot where his body was found.
Around 30 relatives, friends and members of the public, left floral tributes, candles and photographs in a simple act of remembrance for the Glenrothes man who was commonly known as Bagsy.
The skeletal remains of the 39-year-old, who had been missing since February, were discovered by teenagers close to a busy pathway in Riverside Park in Glenrothes just over a week ago.
As the evening sunshine cut through the trees, Wayne’s mother Helen Cowan fought back tears to pay tribute to her son and thank those who come to pay their respects.
“It means an awful lot to me, and I want to thank them all,” she said.
She added that she had paid a private visit to the site 24 hours earlier following the completion of the police’s forensic examination of the site.
Cousin Debbie Moore added that the family had been touched by the depth of feeling shown for Wayne both in person and by those who had posted messages on Facebook.
“He was a strong character, a loveable rogue, and well known around the town, many people have been saddened by this,” she said.
One of those there to offer his support for the family was Allan Bryant, whose own son, Allan Jnr, has been missing since November 2013.
“It’s very difficult for me being here but I wanted to offer Helen and other members of Wayne’s family my support at what is an awful time for them, it’s the least I could do,” said Mr Bryant Snr.
The gathering looked on as Helen and Allan hugged and consoled each other in what has obviously been a very traumatic time for both families.
Attached to the dozens of floral tributes were messages, some simply said ‘RIP Wayne’ and ‘Sleep tight’, while another read ‘To my loyal absent friend’.
While police are continuing to describe Wayne’s death as unexplained, a family member said officers had now ruled out foul play and were waiting on toxicology reports to help determine the actual cause of death.
The family also confirmed Wayne would eventually be laid to rest in Leven where he was born.