Fresh ap­peal in 40-year-old mur­der case yields leads for de­tec­tives

New hope puz­zle of mum and tod­dler’s deaths can be solved

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - News - BY CALUM ROSS

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

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