Retired navyman’s family ‘seeking closure’ after cyclist’s body found
Anthony Parsons was reported missing in 2017 after travelling from his home in Tillicoultry to Fort Williams.
Anthony Parsons’ body was found three years after he went missing. Police pictures
The family of a cyclist who went missing three years ago have appealed for help to get “answers and closure”.
Anthony Parsons, also known as Tony, was reported missing in 2017 after travelling from his home in Tillicoultry, Stirlingshire, to Fort William.
Retired from the Royal Navy, he travelled south on the A82 and was last seen around 11.30pm on October 2, outside the Bridge of Orchy Hotel.
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.
Mike Parsons, his son, 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.
“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.
“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.”
Officers working on the case will be in Tyndrum from 11am on Tuesday to distribute posters and leaflets to continue to appeal for information in relation to the case.
On December 30, two men, both aged 29, were arrested and then released pending further enquiries in connection with the disappearance of Mr Parsons.