Family ‘heartbroken’ as police confirm body found in St Andrews is that of missing Duncan Sim

Duncan Sim (Police Scotland / PA)

THE family of Duncan Sim say they’re ‘heartbroken’ after it was confirmed that a body found in St Andrews is that of the missing 19-year-old.

Police in Fife say the remains, discovered by a member of the public on June 3, belong to the student.

He was last seen on Wednesday March at around 11.15pm outside Madras Rugby Club on Old Station Road in the town.

He failed to return to his accommodation and was reported missing the following day, and a major missing person investigation was launched by police.

An extensive search using the Dog Unit, Air Unit and the Dive and Marine Unit assisted local officers in the search.

Over one hundred volunteers from the local community were also involved, and people travelled up from Duncan’s hometown of Duns to help.

A member of the public reported the discovery of partial remains within the water in the West Sands area to police on the evening of Sunday June 3.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained but not suspicious, and a report has been submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.

In a statement released through Police Scotland, 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 cooperation 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.”