The father of a missing Glenrothes man says that he is trapped in a nightmare as police continue to search an East Neuk forest.
The search for any trace of Allan Bryant Jr will enter a third day on Wednesday at woodland just miles outside of Anstruther.
The police operation, in dense forest near The Secret Bunker, was initiated on Monday after the Bryant family received new information about their son’s disappearance.
However, with the area covering several square miles and conditions in the trees proving difficult to navigate, officers and specialist dogs will now require a third day to complete their task.
Allan Bryant, Allan Jr’s father, praised police officers for their work but said that the wait for information was proving hard.
“The whole family has been struggling a bit,” he told The Courier.
“The police have told us that because it is such a large area there was no way they could cover it in two days.
“I appreciate that they’re taking their time though and acting on the information we’ve been given.”
Allan Jr was 23 when he disappeared after a night out with friends on November 3 2013.
He had been at Styx Nightclub on Caskieberran Road, with CCTV footage showing him leaving the venue in the early hours of the morning.
High-profile appeals have been made by both his family and the police, with Police Scotland having launched the biggest missing person search in Fife’s history.
There is still no trace of Allan Jr, however, who would now be 25.
Police arrived at the scene on Monday morning to begin sweeping the vast woodland near the Secret Bunker.
The thick forest, covering several square miles and over muddy ground, is being searched by several officers and specialist sniffer dogs.
With no breakthrough so far, however, Mr Bryant said that his family were struggling to cope in their wait for answers, adding: “It’s a nightmare for us.”