Searches as McKandie murder anniversary approaches

Brian McKandie's body was found at his home near Rothienorman nearly a year ago
Brian McKandie's body was found at his home near Rothienorman nearly a year ago

Detectives investigating the murder of an Aberdeenshire man have been carrying out searches as the first anniversary of the killing approaches.

The body of Brian McKandie, 67, was found at Fairview Cottages, Rothienorman, on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

Police believe Brian McKandie may have known his killer

Police believe Brian McKandie may have known his killer

He was beaten with a heavy weapon and police believe he may have known his killer.

The case was featured on BBC’s Crimewatch last September. His brother Bill made an appeal on the programme.

Nearly a year on, police investigators have been re-visiting customers and acquaintances of Mr McKandie and today officers searched road verges in the area as part of the ongoing investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Iain Smith said: “We continue to actively investigate the death of Mr McKandie with extensive inquiries being carried out not just in the Rothienorman area, but across Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

“Customers and acquaintances are being re-visited, along with exploring other potential lines of inquiry.

“Next month will mark one year since Brian was found within his home, which means a whole year his family have had to deal with the fact he was taken from them in the most tragic of circumstances.

“ They have lost a much-loved member of their family and just want to know why.

“As always, I would appeal to anyone with information no matter how insignificant you think it might be to contact us.”