Human remains found in burnt-out van in rural Ayrshire  

Investigations are in the preliminary stages following a discovery on a remote road in Ayrshire.

Detectives are seeking information after human remains were discovered in a burnt-out van in Newmilns on Monday.

Emergency services responded around 12:05 pm following reports of a vehicle on fire in a layby on a single-track road between Priestland and Darvel in the Galston Moor area, locally known as Bonk Belt or Mast Walk.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, with inquiries at an early stage and formal identification still pending.

Detective Inspector Craig Gilmour stated, “At this point in our investigation, it is unclear why the van was parked in this layby or how it caught fire. It is crucial for anyone with information to come forward.

“The area is very picturesque and popular with walkers and dog walkers, and it’s believed several vehicles passed by the scene at the time.”

“We are asking anyone who was in the area around midday on Monday and may have seen a white van parked in a layby or on fire to please contact us.

“If you heard any loud noises or are a motorist with dashcam footage that could be relevant, we urge you to get in touch as well.”

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