Detectives investigating the murder of Rothienorman man Brian McKandie have appealed for another two men to come forward.
They have confirmed that a weapon was used in the brutal killing of the handyman.
He was attacked and died on Friday, March 11, and found the following day at his home at Fairview Cottages, Badenscoth.
Officers want to trace two men seen talking to Mr McKandie in his driveway between 1-2pm on the Friday.
The first man is thought to be in his fifties, with a heavy set build. The second is younger.
At the time they appeared to be beside a burgundy or maroon-coloured estate car which was parked in Mr McKandie’s drive leading up to his house.
Detectives are still trying to trace two other men seen talking to him between 5-6pm on the Friday.
One man is believed to be in his twenties and the other in his thirties or forties.
Detective Chief Inspector Iain Smith said: “It may be that the second set of men we are looking to speak to are the same as the first two or it could be another pair.
“However we are appealing for these men to come forward, or to anyone who may have seen them talking to Mr McKandie.
“We can confirm that a weapon was used during this brutal murder and we are carrying out searches for any kind of instrument which may have been used.”