Body found in Glen Cova search for missing marine

Search and rescue teams, dogs and an RAF helicopter have been combing the area overnight. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Search and rescue teams, dogs and an RAF helicopter have been combing the area overnight. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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A body has been found in the search for a Royal Marine who went missing during a run in the hills.

A large-scale hunt was being carried out for 20-year-old Luke Ireland in Glen Clova, Angus.

His father raised the alarm when he did not return from a run yesterday afternoon.

Mr Ireland, a serving marine with Arbroath-based 45 Commando, was visiting the Glen Clova Hotel with family.

Wearing a running vest and shorts, he headed off towards Loch Brandy at around 12.30pm and had not been seen since.

A total of 240 people - including Royal Marines and rescue teams from Braemar and Tayside - took part in the search which continued through the night.

An RAF helicopter and police dogs were also tasked in the hunt.

Police Scotland said a body was recovered at about 1pm.

Formal identification has not taken place but his family have been made aware of the find.