A body was discovered on the Stonehaven coastline on Tuesday whilst Police were searching for a missing walker.
Grampian Police began the search for Dundee man Euan Wright alongside Aberdeen Coastguard in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Tayside Police were keen to trace Mr Wright, who had been reported missing from his Dundee home on Saturday afternoon.
The discovery of the 30-year-old’s car near the RSPB Fowlsheugh coastal nature reserve between Stonehaven and Inverbervie initiated the start of the operation by Grampian Police and Aberdeen Coastguard.
It has been reported that Mr Wright, who was thought to have been wearing outdoor clothing when he disappeared, was a frequent visitor to the area and also a keen hill-walker, photographer and ornithologist.
Tayside Police confirmed on Tuesday that officers involved in the search had recovered a body from the coastline at Fowlsheugh nature reserve near Stonehaven at around 2.15pm.
The body had been flown to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
At the time of writing, the man’s body had not been formally identified and inquiries into the full set of circumstances are continuing. A Tayside Police spokesman said a report on the incident will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.
The Fowlsheugh nature reserve is popular with birdwatchers who travel to the area to learn more about breeding seabird populations.
The RSPB-run conservation site attracts around 8,000 visitors per year.