Family of tragic Tony Parsons thanks search volunteers with cash donation in his memory

The family of tragic cyclist Tony Parsons have thanked the volunteer rescue teams who helped in his search by making a cash donation in his memory.

Tillicoultry’s grandfather disappeared on a charity cycle from Fort William to his Wee County home in September 2017.

However, he did not return home and a frantic search was launched to find him. The then 66-year-old traveled south on the A82 and was last seen at around 11.30pm on September 29, 2017, outside the Bridge of Orchy hotel.

He then continued south towards Tyndrum but Mr Parsons was never seen again.

Mr Parsons’ family handed over the check to mountain rescue teams who helped with the search

This week, the bereaved family of Mr Parsons presented a check for £2,250 to three mountain rescue teams who helped with the search.

The cash donation was split between the mountain rescue teams in Killin, Arrochar and Oban.

Bill Rose of Killin MRT said this week: ‘Sincere thanks to Tony’s family and everyone who supported the family in raising a significant donation for the Killin, Oban and Arrochar Mountain Rescue Teams in thanks for extensive searches carried out in the Bridge of Orchy and Tyndrum area in 2017 when Tony was reported missing on a charity cycling trip.

“Our hearts go out to everyone who knew and miss Tony.”

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In December last year, we told how two men appeared in court charged with the murder of Mr Parsons. Alexander McKellar and Robert McKellar, both 30, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court over the death.

Alexander McKellar has been charged with causing grievous bodily harm by dangerous driving, conspiracy to murder, murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Robert McKellar has been charged with conspiracy to kill, murder and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

The pair, whose addresses were listed in Argyll and Bute, made no plea and were remanded for further consideration and remanded in custody.

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