Appeal five years since Allan Bryant was last seen
Saturday 3rd November 2018
Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team are issuing footage of Allan Bryant taken by his friends as they appeal for the public’s help five years since he was last seen.
Allan, who was 23 when he went missing, was pictured on CCTV leaving Styx Nightclub on Caskieberran Road in Glenrothes shortly after 2am on Sunday 3rd November 2013.
Allan left his home in Ednam Drive shortly after 8pm the previous evening (Saturday 2nd November 2013) and walked with friends to an engagement party at Leslie Golf Club.
He arrived there around 9pm, and then left around midnight when he travelled by minibus with a group from the party to Styx nightclub.
He arrived at Styx, which is approximately a one mile walk away from his home, shortly after midnight and was last seen on CCTV leaving the club at 2.02am.
The CCTV footage shows Allan standing outside the club for a brief period before walking towards the direction of Tanshall Roundabout.
Despite extensive searches and public appeals by Allan’s family and police, he has not been seen or heard from since.
Allan Bryant Senior, Allan's dad, said: "Dealing with the previous anniversaries were difficult enough, but this one just seems exceptionally hard.
"You're thinking about Allan all the time, he's always on your mind. I can see how it's affected each person in my family separately, and the impact it's had on all our lives.
"It just feels like he walked out the door yesterday, it's so vivid. People will think it's been a long time, which it has been, but to my family it's like it only happened yesterday.
"When you go to bed at night and when you wake up in the morning, all you do is think about Allan. There's no escape. You just want to know what's happened to him, where he is and does anyone know anything about him.
"If they do, please come forward and end this nightmare for our family. To live a life like that, and not know what's happened to your child, is horrendous."
Allan is described as white, 5ft 6ins tall, of medium build, with short brown hair, blue eyes and tattoos on both arms.
When last seen, he was wearing a Voi t-shirt with three bands of colour – navy on the top, grey in the middle and white on the bottom, dark-coloured denim jeans and grey leather plimsolls.
Detective Inspector Kevin Houliston from the Major Investigation Team said: “As part of our appeal we’ve issued video footage of Allan taken in 2011 in the hope that this, combined with the CCTV from Styx, helps to jog the memory of anyone who may have seen him after he left the nightclub.
“Allan’s family have received overwhelming support from the community and beyond these past five years. However, we continue to ask for the public’s help and I would urge local residents to think back to early November 2013.”
At the time Allan went missing, ‘Royals’ by Lorde and ‘The Monster’ by Eminem featuring Rihanna were top of the charts, ‘Thor: The Dark World’ was top of the UK film box office that weekend, Celtic drew 1 – 1 with Dundee United at home and Newcastle United beat Chelsea 2 – 0 at St James’ Park on Saturday 2nd November 2013.
DI Houliston continued: “Do you remember seeing anything around this time which may be relevant? No matter how small it seems, it could be key to helping us trace Allan so please pass the information on and allow us to look into this further.”
Those who might have information about Allan’s movements after he left Styx or his whereabouts are urged to call Police Scotland on 101 or email OperationToner@scotland.pnn.police.uk, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or call or text the charity Missing People on 116 000 immediately.
***Update 2nd November 2017***
Allan Bryant was last seen outside Styx nightclub in Caskieberran Road in Glenrothes just after 2am on 3rd November 2013. The 27-year-old is still missing and police inquiries to try to trace him are actively ongoing.
Detective Inspector Stuart Wilson is leading the investigation into Allan's disappearance.
"The investigation into the circumstances around Allan’s disappearance continues. My team has followed up a number of new pieces of information over the past 12 months but these unfortunately have not provided the answers we are seeking for his family and friends, and so I'm disappointed that we still have no answers on the fourth anniversary of his disappearance.
"We remain in regular contact with Allan's family, updating them on our work as it progresses.
"I'm heartened at the response that we have had from both the local community in continuing to support the Bryant family, and the general public who have continued to come forward with information. Since last November we have carried out various inquiries including a large-scale search assisted by numerous specialists, and we will continue to assess, evaluate and action anything new which comes in that might assist our investigation.
"I'd like to take this opportunity to appeal once more for anyone who might have seen Allan after he left Styx, or might have information on his whereabouts, to come forward. There remains no evidence of criminality and there is no evidence that Allan is no longer alive, and I would assure anyone who might be able to help that their information will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
"Calls can be made to 101 quoting Operation Toner, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Emails can also be sent to OperationToner@scotland.pnn.police.uk. A small piece of information that someone may feel is insignificant could be key to finding Allan so I would urge people to please, think back to four years ago and contact my team if you can help."
***Update 2nd November 2015***
Two years on since Allan Bryant went missing in Glenrothes, police in Fife are continuing with their investigation to trace him.
The 23-year-old did not return home after a night out at Styx nightclub in Caskieberran Road in the early hours of the 3rd November 2013. He was last seen on CCTV outside the venue at 2am.
Officers still believe the answer to his disappearance lies within the community and remain keen to speak to members of the public who can assist with this inquiry.
To mark the two-year anniversary, a new poster has been created and will be distributed throughout Glenrothes in an effort to gather new information about the night Allan went missing.
Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team has investigated all information received and other specialist resources have assisted local officers to undertake an extensive search of the town and surrounding area, but so far there has been no breakthrough in this investigation.
No evidence has ever been found to suggest any suspicious circumstances during this inquiry. However, anyone who believes they have useful information but has yet to contact police is asked to do so immediately.
Detective Inspector Stuart Wilson said: “Allan’s disappearance has had a devastating effect on his family and we urgently request anyone who can help us trace him to come forward.
“The search and inquiry into Allan’s disappearance continues and we are totally committed to finding him. Throughout our investigation we have been supported and assisted by many of Allan’s family and friends who turned out to help search for Allan.
“We are grateful too that Allan’s family have been supported by so many local people – a testament to the Glenrothes community spirit and the willingness to help.
“We still believe that someone in the local area will have a vital piece of information that can help us bring the Bryant family the answers they crave. We would really like that person to get in touch with us.”
Allan’s father, Allan Bryant Snr has given the following family statement to be included in this new appeal:
"As a parent, it is your worst nightmare to be left in this situation, yet that is the reality my family is dealing with and I can only describe it as a living nightmare.
“Allan is a loving son and brother, his disappearance has left a huge void in our family, which we are struggling to cope with.
"This has been undoubtedly, the most distressing and unsettling period of our lives and we will not rest until we find Allan.
“I would like to make a plea to anyone who knows something to do the right thing and tell the police anything they know. Someone somewhere must know something so please come forward, it only takes one phone call and that one piece of information no matter how small to finally help us find Allan.
"I would also like to thank all of our friends, neighbours and other members of the community for their kind words and support during this time."
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