HUMAN remains found in a rural area in Argyll do not belong to murdered book-keeper Suzanne Pilley.
The remains were found near the Arrochar area of Argyll on Thursday and it is not known whether the remains were male or female.
But it is understood that the remains were not those of Ms Pilley, who was last seen alive in May 2010.
Ms Pilley’s family have been informed about the remains and made aware that they are not hers.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said investigations were at a very early stage and further examinations of the remains were set to begin.
It is believed the remains were badly decomposed and found near the A83 west of Arrochar.
David Gilroy was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of the murder of 38-year-old Ms Pilley, his former lover.
Ms Pilley was last seen when making her way to work on Thistle Street in the city centre.
Her body has never been found but it is suspected that Gilroy disposed of her remains in Argyll.
A police spokeswoman said: “Police Scotland can confirm human remains were found in a rural location near to Arrochar on Thursday, January 9. Further examination of the remains will take place.
“The inquiry is at a very early stage and nothing further is available at this time.”