Police are appealing for information about the sighting of a man in the water in St Andrews as part of an investigation to trace missing student Duncan Sim.
Officers are working to establish the full circumstances surrounding the sighting at around 3am on Thursday, March 15.
The man, described as around 6ft tall and with dark-coloured hair, was reported to have been seen standing in the water near Kinkell Braes in the East Sands.
Officers are eager to trace the person, and anyone who may have seen him, as they work to establish if this sighting may be connected to the ongoing investigation to trace missing St Andrews student Duncan Sim.
Duncan, aged 19, was last seen outside Madras Rugby Club, Old Station Road, on Wednesday, March 14 at around 11.15pm.
He did not return to his accommodation and has not been seen since.
As part of inquiries into Duncan’s disappearance, officers have spoken to a number of witnesses.
Chief Inspector Steven Hamilton, local area commander for North East Fife, said: “We’re working to establish if the sighting may be connected to Duncan’s disappearance and are asking for the public’s help as part of this.
“Our inquiries to date do not support Duncan having travelled to the East Sands area, however, we are committed to pursuing all possible lines of enquiry in order to trace him.
“I would urge anyone who may have been in the East Sands area around 3am on Thursday, March 15 and fits this description, or who saw anyone matching this description, to come forward as soon as possible.”
“It has now been almost two weeks since Duncan was last seen and extensive enquiries have been undertaken throughout St Andrews to establish his whereabouts.
“This has included analysing CCTV footage and speaking to over 200 people to gather information.
“Anyone with information relevant to our inquiry is urged to get in contact immediately.”
Those with information about Duncan’s disappearance can contact Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2987 of March 15.
Anyone who may have information about the sighting in East Sands is also asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.