The body of a woman has been found on the railway line at Lunan Bay near Arbroath.
The grim discovery has caused extreme disruption to rail services affecting stops between Aberdeen and Dundee with no trains departing south from Aberdeen.
ScotRail have also notified customers that there is a limited bus replacement service.
A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed: “Shortly after 11.30 a.m. this morning Friday (March 21), the body of a woman was found on the railway line in the vicinity of Lunan Bay, Montrose. Enquiries are ongoing to establish her identity and the circumstances surrounding her death.”
Emergency services have been following up the disappearance of a woman who has been missing since yesterday (Thursday).
The major search by the coastguard, police search teams and dog units has been conducted along the coastline, nearby forest walks and adjoining fields in an effort to trace 67-year-old Joyce Howie.
Door to door enquiries have also been carried out near to Joyce’s home in Lunan.
Police cannot confirm the discovery of the body this morning (Friday) to be that of missing Joyce Howie.