Friends and neighbours of a missing delivery driver feared for his safety after police arrived at his home before a body was found.
A cordon was put up outside Raivo Ecetajs’s home in Forfar at the weekend, focusing on his garage and driveway, following a two-week search for him.
Police said that identification of the body, which was discovered on Monday, had yet to take place but Mr Ecetajs’s family have been informed.
The Latvian national was last seen at his home on the town’s Restenneth Drive on October 23.
His disappearance was described as being “completely out of character” and police made several appeals to try to track him down.
The 43-year-old was said to be well-known as a delivery driver for the Kohe-Noor Indian takeaway on the town’s East High Street.
Mr Ecetajs’s friend Karina Dmitrijeva said she had known him for a couple of years.
Ms Dmitrijeva, who also lives in Forfar and is also a Latvian national, said: “Raivo and I met a couple of years ago.
“He has no family here in Scotland – they are all in Latvia and waiting for news from the police.”
One neighbour reported seeing forensics officers in and around Mr Ecetajs’s home at the weekend and said that they returned yesterday.
The woman, who declined to be named, said: “The police were searching garden sheds all on Monday morning.
“It left me concerned. I wondered if a body was about to turn up.”
A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We can confirm that the body of a man was discovered in Forfar on Monday.
“While formal identification has yet to take place, the family of missing person Raivo Ecetajs have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.
“There are no suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal in due course.”