THE "devastated" family of a Tillicoultry man gone missing on a charity bike ride are hoping to get answers and closure as the investigation continues.

Officers working on the Tony Parsons case were yesterday seen distributing posters and leaflets in Tyndrum as they continued their appeals for information.

The activity on Tuesday, February 23, comes a month after police, investigating the Tillicoultry man's disappearance, made a heartbreaking discovery.

In January, it was confirmed that the human remains found near Bridge of Orchy were that of Mr Parsons, who was reported missing on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Two men, both aged 29, were arrested and then released pending further inquiries in connection with his disappearance.

In a family statement, Mr Parsons' son Mike said: "The last three years have been incredibly hard for us as a family and for all those who knew my dad.

"We always hoped there would be a positive outcome and have now been left devastated by my dad's death.

"It is still so hard to comprehend that when he went on his charity bike ride three years ago that was to be the last time we would ever see him.

"He has been deprived of so many family events and it hurts us so much as a family to see his grandchildren grow up without their grandad.

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"Now we know there won't ever be an opportunity to see him again.

"We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to everyone who looked for my dad, for never giving up and for giving us the opportunity to make sure he could come home so we could say our final goodbyes.

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"We are extremely grateful to Police Scotland, forensic scientists, all the mountain rescue teams and everyone else involved in the investigation for their work in such difficult conditions and circumstances.

"I know we cannot get closure until we find out who did this and why it happened, so I would ask anyone who may have even the smallest piece of information to please speak to the police and help us get the answers and closure we need."

Mr Parsons travelled from his home on Friday, 29 September, 2017, to Fort William, intending to return home by bicycle during a charity ride.

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

Anyone with information relating to Mr Parsons' disappearance and death is urged to contact Police Scotland via 101, quoting the reference number 559 of October 2, 2017.