Clues to 40-year-old mur­der case

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - 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 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 probed.

De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Iain Smith last night urged any­one else with any de­tails that could help to fi­nally solve the in­fa­mous 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 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 home in 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 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 on Shet­land.

Mrs MacRae’s burned­out BMW was later found with a blood­stain in the boot in a layby off the A9, a mile south of To­matin.

A mur­der in­quiry was launched, but the bod­ies of the mother and her son An­drew have never been dis­cov­ered and no one has ever been con­victed of their killing.

Re­nee MacRae went miss­ing in Novem­ber 1976

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