Police have confirmed that the body discovered on Tentsmuir Beach is that of Leuchars woman Maureen Bannister.
A member of the public discovered the body at around 6pm yesterday (Monday), and formal identification has now taken place.
The death is currently being treated as unexplained pending further enquiries.
It was believed that the 43-year-old left an address on Pitcairn Park, Leuchars on the afternoon of Sunday, December 13 in a Ford Focus with her black/grey coloured cross-breed Yorkshire Terrier, and travelled to Tentsmuir Forest.
Officers are asking anyone who may have seen Maureen since this time, and who can assist with the ongoing investigation, to come forward.
Maureen was described as around 5ft 4ins tall, with a slim build and long dark hair. At the time she was reported missing it was believed that she was wearing navy Wellington boots, and a navy thigh length jacket with a cream lined hood.
Sergeant Gary Combe said: “Our sincere condolences go to Maureen’s family and friends at this very sad time.
“We’re working to establish the full circumstances surrounding Maureen’s death and are asking anyone who may have seen her since Sunday afternoon to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.