Human remains have been found in the search for a missing cyclist who disappeared more than three years ago.
Tony Parsons, 63, from Tillicoultry, was last seen on September 29, 2017, outside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel near Glencoe during a charity bike ride.
He had taken a train from his Stirlingshire home to Fort William in the Highlands earlier that day and intended to cycle back.
However, Mr Parsons or his bike have never been seen since.
Police have confirmed officers investigating his disappearance have discovered human remains during a detailed search of a remote site close to where he was last seen.
On Tuesday, specialist search officers, supported by forensic scientists, discovered the remains in an area of ground close to a farm near the A82 at Bridge of Orchy.
Police said efforts to recover the remains will continue over the coming days before a post mortem is held to establish their identity. Mr Parsons’ family has been made aware of the discovery.
The development comes after two men, both aged 29, were arrested last month in connection with Mr Parson’s disappearance.
Detective chief inspector Alan Somerville said: “This is clearly a significant development and extensive work is ongoing to recover the remains and confirm their identity.
“We have informed Mr Parsons’ family, who are being supported by specialist officers. The thoughts of everyone involved in the investigation are with them at this difficult time.
“The investigation into Mr Parsons’ disappearance continues and I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who has assisted our enquiries so far and again urge anyone who may be able to help to come forward.”
Anyone with information can to contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting reference 559 of October 2 ,2017.