Police extend appeal for dashcam videos in McKandie murder hunt

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Smith - appeal in hunt for murderer of Aberdeenshire man
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Smith – appeal in hunt for murderer of Aberdeenshire man

NORTH EAST POLICE have extended their appeal for motorists who may have been in the area of Aberdeenshire where a man was murdered earlier this month.

The investigation team are asking that anyone who was driving on the B9001 between Rothienorman and Forgue at any point on Friday 11 March, and who was using a dashboard camera, to copy the footage onto a disk and hand it in at their nearest police office.

The appeal has been issued throughout the country on the day that it was revealed around 700 vehicles had been stopped and their drivers interviewed as part of the investigation into the murder of Brian McKandie in Rothienorman.

Police conducted the operation on Friday – exactly two weeks on from when it is believed Mr McKandie was murdered. The victim was attacked and died in his home on Friday 11 or Saturday 12 March – he was found on the Saturday at his home at Fairview Cottages, Badenscoth, Rothienorman.

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 enquiry to follow. We are still appealing for two sets of men who may have visited him on the Friday (11 March) to come forward as this may assist us.

“We have also requested that if anyone was driving on the B9001 between Rothienorman and Forgue at any point on Friday 11 March 2016 who was using their dashboard camera, I would ask them to copy the footage from that part of their journey, especially as they were driving through Badenscoth, save it to disk and hand it into their nearest police office.

“The information within the footage will potentially help us progress the enquiry forward. Police can be contacted on 101.”

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