Scottish Daily Mail

OAP found murdered in her home

Police follow ‘positive’ lead

- By Joe Hutchison

TRIBUTES have been paid to an elderly woman who was found murdered.

Police Scotland said they were following a positive line of inquiry after Catherine Pryde, 74, was found at a property in the Engine Green area of Fishcross, Clackmanna­nshire, at around 7.35am on Mother’s Day.

Last night, tributes poured in for Ms Pryde, pictured, who is believed to have been a former social worker.

One resident told the Daily Record: ‘She really was such a lovely lady. She never passed without giving you a wee wave in the street. I think we’re all still a bit shocked that something like this could happen to her. She was honestly a lovely soul.’

One person posted: ‘Thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends at this sad time.’

Another resident told the Scottish Sun: ‘It’s pretty horrific. It’s such a quiet neighbourh­ood, you just don’t expect it. It’s just very sad. It’s also unsettling. We’ve just gone and got more CCTV.

‘This happens on television. It doesn’t happen in Fishcross. It’s such a quiet area. Hopefully the police will get to the bottom of it.’

One woman, passing on her condolence­s to the victim’s family on social media, described Ms Pryde as ‘a lovely neighbour’.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: ‘Police inquiries are continuing following the death of a 74-year-old woman in Fishcross on Sunday, March 19.

‘Around 7.35am, police received a report that Catherine Pryde had died within a house in the Engine Green area.

‘Following a post-mortem examinatio­n, the death was confirmed as murder and the investigat­ion is ongoing.

‘Officers are following a positive line of inquiry and there is not thought to be any wider threat to the public.’

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