A couple have appeared on in private petition at Forfar Sheriff Court charged with the murder of a woman whose body parts were found in Montrose.
Steven Jackson, 39, of Market Street, Montrose and Michelle Higgins, 28, of Lower Craigo Street, Montrose are accused of killing 38-year-old Kimberley MacKenzie.
Both are accused of repeatedly hitting Ms MacKenzie on the head with a hammer and repeatedly on the neck with a knife at an address in Market Street between October 26 and November 4.
They are expected to make a further court appearance next week.
The pair were remanded in custody.
Human remains found late on Wednesday night were those of Miss MacKenzie, who was last seen on October 26.