Two men charged over death of cyclist who disappeared four years ago

Tony Parsons' remains were discovered more than three years after he disappeared.

Two men charged over death of cyclist who disappeared four years ago Police ScotlandiStock
Police: Tony Parsons' remains were discovered more than three years after he disappeared.

Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a cyclist who disappeared more than four years ago.

Anthony Parsons, also known as Tony, travelled from his home in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, to Fort William in the Highlands for a charity cycle on September 29, 2017, but failed to return home.

The 63-year-old former Navy petty officer travelled south on the A82 and was last seen on October 2 at around 11.30pm outside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel, Argyll and Bute.

On January 12 this year, 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.

On Thursday, Police Scotland confirmed that two 29-year-old men had been arrested and charged in connection with Mr Parsons’ death.

The suspects are due to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court in West Dunbartonshire later on Thursday.

Detective inspector John McFall, of the Major Investigations Team and who led the inquiry team, said: “I would like to offer my thanks to the local community for all their help and assistance throughout this investigation and to those who came forward with significant information.”