A police probe has been launched following the unexplained death of a woman on a Perthshire road.
Officers descended on the rural B8062 route from Auchterarder to Dunning on Thursday following the discovery of the woman’s body.
Police are currently treating the death as unexplained and inquiries remain at an early stage.
It is understood officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) returned to the scene on Friday to carry out further investigations.
One local resident said: “I was leaving my house at the Dunning end of Auchterarder at 12.20pm to go to an appointment and a police van went flying down Abbey road, which is on the way to the incident.
“They were going fast. I went out for a cycle just after 4pm and the roads had been closed off with cones signs and tape.”
The road has remained closed since a member of the public first called in the grim find and local residents have reportedly been told it could remain shut for most of the weekend.
A police source confirmed they expect the route to be closed “for the foreseeable future” but was not able to give specifics.
The road, located in a popular area for dog walkers and cyclists, was blocked off for more than two miles from a junction near Islabank Caravan Storage to the turning for Aberuthven, past Rossiebank Farm.
Officers remained stationed at every entrance on Friday morning.
Detective Superintendent Jim Smith of the Major Investigation Team said: “Enquiries are still at an early stage and it is vital that we establish the full circumstances which has led to this woman tragically losing her life.
“There will be a police presence in the area as we continue with enquiries and I would like to thank the local community for their patience so far.
“I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious on this stretch of road in the preceding days to please come forward.
“No matter how insignificant the information you have it may prove vital in establishing what has happened.
“Also I would appeal to anyone who has travelled that stretch of road, or the surrounding area who has dash cam footage, to please get in touch with the police.”