Human remains found near Bridge of Orchy confirmed as missing man Tony Parsons

Police have been investigating the disappearance of Tony Parsons, pictured, since 2017. NO_T42_Tony
Police have been investigating the disappearance of Tony Parsons, pictured, since 2017. NO_T42_Tony

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Police Scotland has confirm that a body discovered near Bridge of Orchy, Argyll and Bute, is Anthony Parsons, who had been missing since 2017.

Mr Parsons travelled from his home in Tillicoultry, Stirlingshire, on Friday September 29, 2017, to Fort William, intending to return home by bicycle and was reported missing on Monday October 2, 2017.

He travelled south on the A82 and was last seen around 11.30pm that night outside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.

On Tuesday, 12 January, 2021, specialist search officers, supported by forensic scientists, discovered his remains in a remote area of ground close to a farm near the A82 at Bridge of Orchy.

Mr Parsons’ body was recovered by the police and a post mortem examination was to be carried out.

The inquiry is being led by detectives from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, supporting local officers.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Sommerville said: ‘This is a difficult and challenging investigation given the remote location and the extreme weather conditions faced by the team.

‘We will support Mr Parsons’ family through this very difficult and distressing time as the investigation into his death continues.

‘I would like to repeat my thanks to 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 2 October 2017.

Mr Parsons’ family have asked that they are not approached for comment and that their privacy is respected.