Allan Bryant timeline: Search for missing Glenrothes man

Since his disappearance in 2013, the search for Allan Bryant has taken many twists and turns.

The campaign to find Allan Bryant has been ongoing.
The campaign to find Allan Bryant has been ongoing.

• November 3, 2013. Allan Bryant Jnr was last seen at 2.02 a.m. outside Styx Nightclub in Caskieberran Road, Glenrothes, after attending a friends engagement party.

• November 7. Allan’s father, also Allan, made an emotional plea for his son to come home.

• November 8-9. Police hope Styx club regulars will hold the key to the whereabouts of Allan Bryant Jnr, the club’s CCTV captured the last confirmed sighting of Allan leaving the club at 2.02 a.m. the previous Sunday morning.

Allan with his father Allan Snr.

• November 11. Police criticised by Allan Bryant Snr when an incident support van to be situated outside the Glenrothes nightclub where his son was last seen failed to materialise following a vehicle breakdown. It was hoped the police presence would jog people’s memories a week on from Allan Jnr’s disappearance.

• November 11. Family and friends begin to distribute 50,000 missing posters initially in the Glenrothes area and then across towns and communities in Fife, appealing for information.

• November 12. Teams of police officers drafted in from across Fife and central Scotland to help search hedges, fields and woodland in the Glenrothes area.

• November 14. Police divers brought in to trawl ponds and river in Riverside Park as search continues.

• November 22. On the eve of Allan’s 24th birthday, his mum Marie Degan, made an a tearful appeal to the public for information as to Allan’s whereabouts. The appeal made from Glenrothes Police Station was also included on STV 6pm news broadcast that same evening. Chief Inspector Derek McEwan also reiterated that the search would continue “for as long as it takes” and that renewed resources available through Police Scotland would be administered.

• December 14. Images were beamed to 60,000 football fans during half time interval at the Celtic v Hibernian game at Celtic Park.

• December 24. Allan’s mother and father give an emotional interview to the Gazette lifting the lid on their ongoing heartache and despair. Mum Marie says she now “fears the worst” and thinks her son is dead as Police continue their search for the missing 24-year-old.

• January 5, 2014. Charity football match held to raise funds to help the continued appeal for information.

• January 8. Family issue a video thanking the public for their continued support.

• January 13. Police Scotland say they remain “fully committed” to what has become the most significant missing person enquiry ever undertaken by police in Fife.

• January 15. Allan Bryant Snr dismissed suggestions that any form of protest should be made about how the police have handled the search for the missing 24-year-old and in a video posted on Facebook said he was “reassured” that the police would not give up the search for his son.

• January 22, 2014. Police met to update community leaders and supporters of the Bryant family on progress.

• January 29. Allan Bryant Snr praises the Gazette for its support in keeping the developments of the continued search in the public eye.

• February 4. Police release a new poster and issue an updated appeal for information.

• February 10. Family announce the cash reward has been doubled to £2000 thanks to a donation from Kingdom Credit Union, Glenrothes. An new e-poster has been distributed across social media.

• August 9, 2015: Police announce the discovery of skeletal remains at Riverside Park in Glenrothes, but it was found that they did not belong to Allan.

• June 16, 2017: Police swoop on a residential property in Barton Place, Glenrothes, searching the home for around four weeks. No trace was found.

• August 2017: Allan’s parents appear on Celebrity Trolls, a Channel 5 programme, after the family faced instances of of vile abuse from several internt trolls.

• June 19, 2018: Allan’s family appear on BBC’s Crimewatch to appeal to the public.

• July 26, 2018: Police begin search of River Leven near the old Tullis Russell plant. After a few hours, the search is concluded. Police said “nothing of note” was found and Allan’s family have been informed.

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