Police have charged two men and a woman in connection with the death of an Aberdeen oil worker who was found in a nature reserve.
Detectives launched a major investigation after the body of Steven Donaldson, who worked for Aberdeen-based oil services firm Interwell, was discovered.
The 27-year-old was found in Kinnordy Nature Reserve, Kirriemuir, last Thursday morning.
Two men, both aged 23, and one 19-year-old woman arrested in connection with the death have now been charged.
They will remain in custody and are due to appear at Forfar Sheriff Court on Monday.
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent James Smith, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “I would again like to thank all those who have provided information and assistance in connection with this enquiry so far. Our investigation is still ongoing and I would encourage anyone with information they think could assist us, to please contact Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”
Steven, of Arbroath, had been with Interwell since December 2012.
A spokeswoman for the firm said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Steven Donaldson, who was one of our employees.
“Steven worked for Interwell for five-and-a-half years and was employed as a tool specialist.”
She added: “We are working with the relevant authorities to support them in any way we can and are offering support to Steven’s family and our employees.”
Police have confirmed that Steven drove from Arbroath to Kirriemuir last Wednesday evening in his white BMW.
It is believed the car was seen in the nature reserve car park at around 11pm.
News of the arrests came as Steven’s friends gathered in Arbroath to mourn his death.
Around 50 people took part in an emotional gathering and released a single red balloon.