Police probing the discovery of human remains in Glenrothes have informed the family of missing Allan Bryant.
CID officers visited the family at their home on Sunday following the grim discovery at Whitehill Industrial Estate shortly after 5pm.
It is understood the remains were found by a member of the public and forensics officers are carrying out a detailed probe, including in disused industrial units.
Footage of the scene is above this article
Mr Bryant’s father, Allan Sn, said the news had come as a complete shock and described it as both “heartbreaking and distressing”.
“I was in the garden when CID officers called at the house to inform us that remains had been found,” he said.
“It’s extremely difficult news for everyone in the family to take in but we are hoping it’ll give us the closure we are looking for.
“However, we’ve been told it’s too early to know if it is Allan and forensics will be there this morning.
“We were informed the discovery was made by a member of the public rather than from information arising from the ongoing into Allan’s disappearance.”
Despite extensive investigations, no trace of him has ever been found.
Locals reported a huge police presence at Whitehills Industrial Estate on Sunday night, with police vehicles blocking access.
Officers said investigations were at an early stage.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 5.20pm on Sunday 27th September 2020 police were called after unidentified human remains were found at an industrial estate on Whitehill Road in Glenrothes.”