Re­mains found thoseof miss­ing stu­dent

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY PAUL WARD

Hu­man re­mains found in the wa­ter off a St An­drews beach have been for­mally iden­ti­fied as a miss­ing stu­dent.

Dun­can Sim, 19, was last seen leav­ing a night out at Madras Rugby Club in the Fife town on March 14. He failed to re­turn to his ac­com­mo­da­tion and was re­ported miss­ing the fol­low­ing day.

More than 100 vol­un­teers joined spe­cial­ists in the search and par­tial re­mains were dis­cov­ered by a mem­ber of the pub­lic on West Sands beach on June 3.

In a state­ment re­leased through Po­lice Scot­land, Mr Sim’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.

“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 thanked vol­un­teers from St An­drews and the teenager’s home­town of Duns for help­ing in the search. Plans by Rolls-Royce to cut 4,600 jobs over the next few years have sparked calls to pro­tect posts at the engi­neer­ing firm’s bases in north­ern Scot­land.

The com­pany op­er­ates the Vul­can nu­clear sub­ma­rine test­ing fa­cil­ity in Caithness and also has a main­te­nance base at RAF Lossiemouth in Mo­ray.

Caithness, Suther­land and Ross MSP Gail Ross last night wrote to UK Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Greg Clark urg­ing him to en­sure the Vul­can site is pro­tected.

“I write to­day to make

Dun­can Sim BY CALUM ROSS

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