Murder hunt - 700 drivers quizzed

Brian McKandie in a bank in Turriff the day before his body was found at his home in Rothienorman.
Brian McKandie in a bank in Turriff the day before his body was found at his home in Rothienorman.

Detectives investigating the murder of Rothienorman man Brian McKandie have spoken to more than 700 motorists as part of their inquiries.

Police stopped drivers in the area on Friday, exactly two weeks to the day when it is believed the 67-year-old mechanic was brutally killed.

Mr McKandie was attacked with a heavy weapon and died at his home on Friday, March 11, or the following day.

He was found on the Saturday at his home at Fairview Cottages, Badenscoth, on the northern outskirts of the village.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Smith said: “It is now just over two weeks since when we understand Mr McKandie was attacked and officers spent much of last Friday speaking to people travelling in the area.

“Information was received from a number of people in terms of assisting us with our enquiries to identify people who may have been in contact with him before he died.

““This gives us potential fresh lines of inquiry to follow. We are still appealing for two sets of men who may have visited him on the Friday to come forward as this may assist us.”

Police are also appealing for dashboard camera footage from any drivers on the B9001 between Rothienorman and Forgue at any point on the Friday.