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Sunday, September 19, 1999 Published at 09:54 GMT 10:54 UK

UK: Scotland

Heir to Stagecoach empire found dead

Stagecoach has grown into an international company

The son of Ann Gloag - the multi-millionaire founder of the Stagecoach bus company - has been found dead.

The body of Jonathan Gloag, 28, was discovered in woodland in the Perthshire countryside on Friday afternoon.

Mr Gloag stood to inherit a share of the £1.3bn public transport company established by his 56-year-old mother and her brother, Brian Souter.

Mr Gloag, who worked in estate management, was married to Sarah, 24, who is the daughter of his mother's second husband David McCleary.

'Being comforted'

The couple had three children and lived with their parents in Balcraig House, a former hotel in Scone outside Perth.

Family spokesman Jack Irvine said: "I can confirm the death of Mrs Ann Gloag's beloved son Jonathan who was found dead on Friday.

"Jonathan's wife Sarah and his three young children are being comforted by the family.

"Jonathan was Ann's son from her first marriage (to Robin Gloag). The family have asked me to thank the police and the authorities for their kindness and understanding.

"At this time I would ask the media to respect the family's grief and privacy."

A spokesman for Tayside Police said: "The body of a young man was found late yesterday afternoon in Deuchney Woods, Perth.

"As with all sudden deaths a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal."

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