Three ar­rests over An­gus man’s death

19-year-old woman and two 23-year-old men held a week af­ter Kir­riemuir body find

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - CLAIRE WAR­REN­DER

Three peo­ple have been ar­rested over the death of Ar­broath man Steven Don­ald­son.

Po­lice said a 19-year-old woman and two 23-year-old men were be­ing ques­tioned by of­fi­cers a week to the day since Steven’s body was dis­cov­ered in Kir­riemuir.

The dra­matic de­vel­op­ment was re­vealed just af­ter 6pm yes­ter­day, as the 27-year-old’s friends gath­ered at a vigil in his hon­our.

Around 50 peo­ple paid tribute to the pop­u­lar tool spe­cial­ist at a wooded area in his home town.

Steven was found by two walk­ers in the car park of Kin­nordy Na­ture Re­serve at 5am on Thurs­day June 7.

Po­lice said in­quiries into his death were on­go­ing.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death of Ar­broath man Steven Don­ald­son have ar­rested three peo­ple.

A 19-year-old woman and two 23-yearold men were be­ing ques­tioned last night, a week af­ter Steven’s body was found at Kin­nordy Na­ture Re­serve in Kir­riemuir.

The 27-year-old tool spe­cial­ist had left Ar­broath for Kir­riemuir at 10pm on the Wed­nes­day and was dis­cov­ered in a car park by two walk­ers at 5am the fol­low­ing day.

Po­lice said in­quiries are con­tin­u­ing, de­spite the ar­rests.

The news came as Steven’s friends gath­ered in Ar­broath to mourn his death.

Around 50 peo­ple wear­ing T-shirts bear­ing the dead man’s pho­to­graph took part in an emo­tional gather­ing at a wooded area just off Aik­man Road.

Young and old stood together as a sin­gle red bal­loon was re­leased.

Ear­lier, po­lice is­sued a fresh ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion and asked for spe­cific peo­ple to come for­ward.

The oc­cu­pants of a black Range Rover, who were the sub­ject of a pre­vi­ous ap­peal, have been traced.

Se­nior in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent James Smith of the ma­jor in­ves­ti­ga­tion team said: “Steven’s fam­ily and friends are dev­as­tated by their loss and our thoughts re­main firmly with them dur­ing this dis­tress­ing time.”

He said Steven’s dis­tinc­tive white BMW M1 was last seen trav­el­ling through Kir­riemuir at 10.53pm on Wed­nes­day June 6.

“There is still a dark-coloured 4x4 ve­hi­cle, pos­si­bly a Range Rover, that’s been seen parked at the end of a drive­way about a half mile east of the Kin­nordy Na­ture Re­serve car park, about 10pm that evening which I’m keen to trace,” he said.

“I am still keen to hear from three men, with a dark-coloured ve­hi­cle seen within the car park about 8pm that Wed­nes­day evening.”

Mr Smith also wants to speak to a man with dark hair seen in a red Seat in the Kin­nordy Na­ture Re­serve car park be­tween 6pm and 8pm.

“Also around 7pm the same evening within the car park a man and woman were seen sit­ting on the roof of a Land Rover De­fender style ve­hi­cle, ap­par­ently hav­ing a pic­nic,” he said.

“I would ap­peal to all of th­ese peo­ple to come for­ward.”

He added: “I would like to thank all those who have pro­vided in­for­ma­tion and as­sis­tance in con­nec­tion with this in­quiry so far.”

He said their in­quiries are con­tin­u­ing, and urged any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice on 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111.


Pic­tures: Kris Miller.

A week on from the dis­cov­ery of Steven Don­ald­son’s body, an emo­tional gather­ing was held at a wooded area just off Aik­man Road in Ar­broath.

Pic­ture: Kris Miller.

Top: some of those at the gather­ing near Aik­man Road.

Pic­tures: Paul Reid.

Above, left and right: po­lice af­ter dis­cov­ery of the body.

Steven Don­ald­son, whose body was found at Kin­nordy Na­ture Re­serve in Kir­riemuir.

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