THE girlfriend of killer driver Alexander McKellar left a Red Bull can as a marker after he took her to the remote makeshift grave where he had helped bury a cyclist.
McKellar, 31, pled guilty to the culpable homicide of Tony Parsons, 63, who was knocked down as he made his way home from a charity cycle.
We told how McKellar admitted to killing the 63-year-old in a confession to his fiancee in2020.
The fiend even led his fiancee to the shallow grave where the cyclist had been buried after he was hit in 2017.
The High Court in Glasgow heard how the woman left a can of Red Bull at the grave before she contacted cops.
The court was also told the ex-Navy officer's body may never have been found without his girlfriend's revelation due to the remote location of the Auch Estate near Bridge of Orchy in 2017.
Prosecutor Alex Prentice KC said: "Such was the location that if Alexander McKellar had not disclosed where the grave was, the remains are unlikely to have ever been found."
Drink-driver McKeller told his girlfriend he had panicked when he hit the cyclist as he travelled on the A82 heading from Fort William back to his home in Tillicoutry, Clackmannanshire.
McKeller then recruited his twin brother Robert, and the pair returned to the scene in a different vehicle buried Mr Parsons in a shallow grave on the estate where they stayed with their parents.
Mr Prentice added: "Mr Prentice: "After attending with a shooting party the next day, the body was taken to a peaty area of the estate.
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"A grave was dug and the body placed in it and covered.
"The personal possessions of Mr Parsons were also disposed of."
Mr Parson's disappearance remained a mystery until the confession and his body was discovered in January 2021, three years after he was last seen.
Mr Prentice: "The Red Bull can was still present.
"The description of other landmarks were consistent with what was found at the site by officers."
Police enlisted the help of soil expert Professor Lorna Dawson, whose skills have previously help snare a number of killers including World's End murderer Angus Sinclair.
She attended the site where Mr Parsons was thought to be. Prof Dawson confirmed it as a "target area for investigation".
Robert McKellar pled guilty to trying to defeat the ends of justice, along with his brother, and both men were remanded in custody.
Prostate-cancer survivor Tony Parsons was cycling the 100-miles to raise money for charity and had planned to cycle overnight to his next stop.
Mr Parsons initially headed north by train on the morning of September 29 2017.
He sent a couple of messages around 5pm to his wife Margaret later that afternoon confirming he had arrived and checking how she was.
He was seen at the Bridge of Orchy Hotel at 11pm on 29 September 2017.
The owner of the hotel tried to persuade Mr Parsons to book a room due to the awful weather conditions.
But, after a coffee, the valiant grandfather continued on his cycle.
When he was hit by McKeller, who had a string of driving convictions, the cyclist was still alive but no emergency services were called and the court heard his injuries were so catastrophic he would not have survived more than 30 minutes.
Mr Parsons was found to have suffered "catastrophic" rib, pelvic and spine fractures following the collision.
The rib injuries were considered to be "the most immediate cause of death" due the effect it would have had on his breathing. The victim may also have suffered a collapsed lung.
Mr Parsons' yellow bike was also hidden near a waterfall.
The badly damaged Isuzu was repaired "by a friend of a friend" at a garage in Airdrie, Lanarkshire with a repair bill of up to £3,000.
In August 2018, police then got an anonymous letter asking them to pay attention to "the twins" who live in Bridge of Orchy as they had been in the hotel the night Mr Parsons went missing.
Months later, officers spoke to the McKellars and asked if they had been involved in a road accident that evening.No further action was initially taken following the meeting.
In June 2020, they were again quizzed about Mr Parsons.
They confirmed being in the hotel with a hunting party that night, but had not seen the cyclist.
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The pair will be sentenced at the end of August.
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