Man found dead in parked van 'days after report to police'
Force's response probed after 46-year-old's body discovered in Dunipace, Stirlingshire.
Police Scotland are being investigated after it emerged a man found dead in a van may have lain for days after officers were alerted to the vehicle.
The body of 46-year-old David Penman was discovered in the parked vehicle in Dunipace, Stirlingshire, on Thursday, December 15.
The full circumstances surrounding the death are not yet known but Police Scotland are being investigated by watchdog the Police Investigations Review Commissioner (PIRC) over officers' response to the incident.
STV News understands police were originally called to reports of a vehicle in a lay-by, before the body was later discovered.
PIRC will now carry out a full investigation into the police's handling of the incident before submitting their findings to prosecutors.
In a statement issued through Pirc, Mr Penman's family said: "David was a much-loved father, son and brother, and as a family we are devastated by his loss.
"We are now trying to come to terms with this loss and would ask for our privacy to be respected to allow us to grieve in peace."
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has weighed in to the incident, saying it sends "shivers down the spine".
He said: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of the deceased. It send shivers down the spine to have another fail-to-respond case so close to the scene of the M9 crash last year.
"The circumstances may be different but failing to respond to such an incident requires a thorough investigation.
"We need to know the role of Bilston Glen call centre which was implicated in the M9 incident. We also need to know whether an overstretched and under resourced police front line was a contributory factor.
"PIRC need to investigate to establish the facts."
A spokeswoman for the PIRC said: "The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has instructed the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) to carry out an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 46-year-old man following the discovery of his body in Dunipace, near Denny, on Thursday, December 15.
"A report on the commissioner's findings will be submitted to the COPFS in due course."
Superintendent Martin Fotheringham said: "Police Scotland has reported the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a 46-year-old man's body within a van, which was parked in the Dunipace area of Denny on Thursday, December 15, 2016, to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.
"The matter has now been referred to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.
"We will provide any necessary assistance to the PIRC as they conduct their investigation and we await the outcome of their report.
"Our thoughts are with the gentleman's family at this time."