Fresh appeal in 40-year-old murder case yields leads for detectives
New hope puzzle of mum and toddler’s deaths can be solved
Detectives investigating the murder of Renee MacRae and her young son received several calls from the public in the wake of a recent appeal.
Police issued a fresh plea in November for any information which could help solve one of Scotland’s would encourage anyone who hasn’t already been in touch to make contact via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
Mrs MacRae left her homein the Cradlehall area of Inverness with both her sons on November 12, 1976, before dropping her elder son Gordon at the home of her estranged husband most shocking crimes as the Highlands marked the 40th anniversary of their disappearance.
The Press and Journal understands that the force were contacted by numerous members of the public in the wake of the media coverage, and that all the information provided is being investigated.
“The police are grateful for all information received since our appeal”
Detective Chief Inspector Iain Smith last night urged anyone else with any details that could help to finally solve the case to come forward.
“Police Scotland is grateful for all information received since our public appeal in November,” he said.
“Any information in connection with the murder of Renee and Andrew MacRae will be thoroughly investigated and police Gordon MacRae. She turned south on to the A9, reportedly on her way to meet her lover, Bill MacDowell, an accountant in her husband’s building company.
In the aftermath of the disappearance, it was said that the couple had been planning to start a new life in Shetland.
Mrs MacRae’s burnedout BMW was later found with a bloodstain in the boot in a lay-by off the A9, a mile south of Tomatin.
A murder inquiry was launched but the bodies have never been found and no one has been convicted.
Detective Superintendent Jim Smith, from Police Scotland’s Major Investigations Team, also revealed in November that officers would investigate whether the bodies were buried under the A9.
Ever since their disappearance, speculation about the whereabouts of the bodies of the 36-yearold and Andrew, aged three, has focused on the A9 – which was being rebuilt at the time – and Dalmagarry Quarry.
That section of the road is due to be dug up next year as part of work to dual the A9 and investigators will work with contractors in the hope of finally uncovering the truth.
MURDER MYSTERY: Renee MacRae went missing in 1976 with young son Andrew