Officers investigating the murder of Brian McKandie in Rothienorman are appealing for information about a further two men who were seen speaking to him the day before he was found dead.
It is now understood that Mr McKandie was attacked and died on Friday, 11 March, before being found on Saturday, 12 March at his home at Fairview Cottages, Badenscoth, Rothienorman.
Officers are keen to trace two men who were seen talking to him between 1pm and 2pm on Friday, 11 March, in his driveway. The first man is thought to be in his fifties, with a heavy set build. The second man is younger. At the time they appeared to be beside a burgundy or maroon coloured estate car which was parked in Mr McKandie’s driveway leading up to his house.
Officers have also appealed for two men seen talking to Mr McKandie between 5pm and 6pm on Friday 11 March 2016 and are continuing to appeal for these men to come forward. One man is believed to be aged in his twenties and the other aged 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.
A number of members of the public have come forward with dashboard camera footage and information and we continue to appeal for people to do so as this may be relevant to our enquiries. We are particularly looking for people to come forward who were in the area of Rothienorman on the B9001 past Badenscoth on Friday, March 11.
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.
If anyone has any information they can contact police on 101 or to remain anonymous contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.