A search for missing Stirlingshire couple, John Yuill (28) and Lamara Bell (25) ended tragically yesterday with the news that the body of a male may have been lying in a car for three days alongside his critically ill passenger.
Reports have revealed that a call was made to police late on Sunday morning regarding a vehicle which was reported as being off the road near to junction 9 of the M9 southbound.
For reasons currently being investigated, that report was not followed up at the time by police officers.
Following a further call yesterday from a local farmer who found the car, officers attended the scene.
Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson, Local Policing East, said: “Police Scotland were called to the M9 southbound near junction 9 at around 9.50am on Wednesday, July 8 following a report of a one car road traffic collision involving a Renault Clio which had left the road. Officers attended and the male driver of the car was sadly pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger was conveyed to the Southern General, Glasgow, where she is in a critical condition.
“We believe that this is connected to the ongoing missing persons search for John Yuill and Lamara Bell.
“Officers have notified the families of this update. Our thoughts are with both families at this difficult time.
“A full investigation is currently underway to establish the full circumstances of the incident.”
The manner in which this incident has been handled has also been reported to Scotland’s Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.