John Winton McNab, from Perth, was found in his grey Mercedes B class on the A887 at Invermoriston in the Highlands at around 1.20pm on Sunday, September 18.
The 86-year-old had been reported as a missing person after he was last been spotted in Perth at around midday on Tuesday, September 13.
The pensioner’s crashed car was tragically discovered five days later near Fort Augustus – 112 miles away – where it was thought he had been travelling towards Loch Ness or Glen Moriston.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) have now launched a probe into the death at the instruction of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).
Mr McNab’s family have thanked the public for their help to search for their missing loved one.
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In a statement confirming his identity, they said: “We would like to thank everyone involved in the search to trace Winton, these efforts are greatly appreciated by the family.
“We request that our privacy is respected at this sad time.”
A Police Scotland spokesperson added: “A man who died after a car was discovered having been involved in a crash on the A887 at Invermoriston has been formally identified as 86-year-old John Winton McNab, from Perth.
“Mr McNab was the driver of a grey Mercedes B which was discovered around 1.20pm on Sunday, 18 September, 2022.
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“Enquiries remain ongoing to establish the full circumstances and anyone with information who has not yet spoken to police can call 101, quoting reference 1660 of 18 September, 2022.”
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“The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has been instructed by Crown Office and the Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) to investigate the death of Mr McNab.
“Its report on the circumstances will be submitted to COPFS at the conclusion of its investigation.”
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