Lynn Forde and Philip Osborne were both found dead in the space of just 24 hours
A boyfriend called police to say he had murdered his girlfriend – before killing himself, with their bodies discovered more than 30 miles apart.
Lynn Forde, 35, was found dead at a property in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, on Sunday afternoon. Her death is being linked to that of Philip Osborne, whose body was found less than 24 hours later.
The body of 36-year-old Mr Osborne was discovered in a house in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, on Monday, following the suspected murder-suicide.
And a police source told the Daily Record: 'The couple had been partners for a long time. It's a tragic situation.
'Police received a call to say a man said his girlfriend was dead and when they asked why he thought that, he confessed to killing her.'
Officers investigating the incidents have said Miss Forde's death is being treated as suspicious and detectives were following a positive line of inquiry.
Police said Mr Osborne's death was being treated as unexplained and inquiries are ongoing. It is understood the pair had been in a relationship, with the most recent photo of the couple posted online by Miss Forde in 2015.
Police Scotland last night declined to comment on reports that the pair had died in a murder-suicide. However, they said they were not looking for anyone else.
Tributes to Miss Forde poured in to Facebook, with dozens of friends sharing images of her
The path leading up to the address where Miss Forde's body was discovered remained cordoned off last night with an officer seen standing at the property's door.
Yesterday, neighbours expressed their shock over the tragedy with one resident, who asked not to be named, saying: 'I would see her out walking her dog. The neighbourhood is in shock, it's such a tragedy.'
The flat where Miss Forde is understood to have lived is one of six in a block in