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Pair arrested over beach body find released by police

Body find
Image caption The body was discovered on the beach at Portling by a man out walking

Two people arrested following the discovery of a missing man's body on a beach have been released.

A police spokesman said the man and woman were released after consideration pending further inquiries.

Ian Carruthers, 31, was reported missing from the town of Annan in Dumfries and Galloway on 17 January.

Police confirmed that a body discovered on the Solway Firth shoreline at Portling, near Dalbeattie, last Friday morning was that of Mr Carruthers.

Image caption Ian Carruthers had last been seen in Annan in the early hours of the morning of Friday 17 January

The force said that a 25-year-old woman, from Annan, was arrested for allegedly wasting police time and a 26-year-old man, from Longtown in Cumbria, was arrested over alleged drug supply offences.

They were due to appear at Dumfries Sheriff Court today but the Crown Office said both had been freed pending further inquiries.

A spokesman said: "The procurator fiscal at Dumfries has received a report relating to an incident involving a 25-year-old woman that allegedly occurred in Dumfries.

"Following full and careful consideration, the accused was liberated from custody pending further inquiries and did not appear in court."

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