Family “heartbroken” by death of teenage student

 

Police have confirmed that the human remains found on a beach in St Andrews have been formally identified as those of student Duncan Sim.

Duncan (19) was last seen alive on 14th March outside Madras Rugby Club in Old Station Road during a night out with friends.

He failed to return to his accommodation and was reported missing the following day prompting a major search.

Over one hundred volunteers from the local community and Duncan’s hometown of Duns took part.

A member of the public reported the discovery of remains within the water in the West Sands area on 3rd June.

The tragic death is currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

In a statement  Duncan’s family said, “We are heartbroken by the loss of Duncan, our much loved son, brother, uncle and friend.

“We are very grateful for all the support that we received from the public, especially the Fife and Scottish Borders communities, during the search for Duncan.

“We would also like to extend our thanks to Police Scotland for their efforts and support throughout the course of their investigations.

“We respectfully request privacy at this difficult time.”

Chief Inspector Steven Hamilton, Local Area Commander for North East Fife, said, “This has been a terrible loss of a young man’s life and our thoughts and condolences are with Duncan’s family and friends.

“Their courage and co-operation over the course of our investigation has been commendable and we will continue to provide them with support and assistance as they come to terms with this tragic news.

“I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to all the members of the public who assisted with our inquiries by sharing our appeals information and supporting our search activity.”

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