The family of a missing Glenrothes man are “not coping at all” as they face another Christmas without answers.
Allan Bryant Jnr has not been seen since leaving Styx nightclub on Caskieberran Road on November 3 last year.
The 24-year-old had been on a night out with friends and has never returned home, despite high-profile appeals by both the family and the police.
As he prepares for a second Christmas without his son, Allan’s father, Allan Snr, told The Courier that the festive season was proving particularly trying for the family.
“We’re not coping at all,” he said.
“I’ve got to try and be brave for my family and keep it together for them. Allan’s mother, Marie, is really not coping well at the moment.
“She’s out Christmas shopping and seeing jeans and aftershaves that she would have bought him. This is the first time we’ve not bought any presents for him.”
The search for Allan Jnr is the largest ever undertaken in Fife, incorporating divers and specialist police search teams.
The Bryant family has also been at the forefront of efforts to find their son, having established a Facebook page with over 10,000 followers, as well as a recent television appearance on This Morning.
The weekend saw a new element in the continuing search, a specialist search dog that can smell underwater.
Barra, an English springer spaniel, was brought in by K9 Search and Recovery to search scrubland near the River Leven.
Owner Ian Marshal had offered the services of Barra after the family had established contact earlier in the search for Allan.
“I’d been in touch with the guy since last April,” added Allan.
“It’s not just underwater work that Barra does, but on land as well, and he’s a huge help.
“We’ll never give up on the search for Allan. We’ll never stop searching.”