A 36-year-old who recently celebrated his first wedding anniversary has been named as the victim of a tragic crash in Lochaber in which his car plunged down an embankment and struck trees.
Peter Campbell, of Benavie in Fort William, was the sole occupant of a silver Lexus car discovered off the road just one mile south of Spean Bridge, and a 20-minute drive from his home.
It is feared he may have lain trapped in the car for several hours before being found on Sunday evening.
Concern about his whereabouts is understood to have been raised by police earlier.
Police were called to the scene on the A82 Inverness to Fort William road at 9pm on Sunday, though the accident may have occurred some hours earlier.
Police Scotland has appealed for any witnesses who saw a silver-coloured vehicle leave the road or down an embankment from 5.30pm onwards.
A police spokesman said: “It was found that a northbound vehicle had left the roadway and gone down an embankment into an area of trees and that the driver, the sole occupant, was still within the vehicle.
It is believed he was driving to pick up youngsters in the area.
“Unfortunately as a result of the collision, the 36-year-old male driver had sustained fatal injuries.”
Mr Campbell had worked recently as a self-employed tradesman, but had previously been employed by Nevisprint, which collapsed several years ago.
He and his wife Leanne celebrated their first wedding anniversary just weeks ago.
Mr Campbell was also an adult instructor with the local Air Training Cadet squadron, and it is believed he was driving to collect youngsters who were members.