The family of missing teenager Liam Smith has been informed that the body of a male has been found in a remote wooded area in the north-east.
A member of the public made the discovery at around 3pm today in the area of Craig of Affrusk, south of Banchory.
Formal identification has yet to take place but police said the family of 16-year-old Liam has been notified.
A police statement said: “Inquiries are ongoing and there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.
“No further information will be released until formal identification has taken place.”
Liam was reported missing from the Queen’s Road area of Aberdeen on November 18, having last been seen there on Saturday November 17.
He was captured on CCTV entering Union Square later that afternoon and boarded a 202 Stagecoach bus for Deeside at 1.11pm.
He bought a ticket for Raemoir Road in Banchory but a fellow passenger reported that he got off in the Crathes area.
Westhill Academy pupil Liam was described as a “popular lad” who played for many local football teams, including Banks O’ Dee, Dyce Boys Club and Culter Boys Club.
When he was last seen he was wearing a dark top, blue jeans and Nike Air Max trainers. He was also understood to be carrying a camouflage North Face backpack.
As part of inquiries to trace him intensive searches were carried out focusing on the Crathes and Banchory areas.
Specialist resources, including the Police Scotland helicopter, search dogs, police search advisors and the Dive and Marine Unit, were utilised.
The searches were supported by Mountain Rescue Teams from Aberdeen and Braemar.
Last month, on the three-month anniversary of his disappearance, police announced the search was to be scaled back.