Three ar­rests af­ter oil worker found dead in nature re­serve

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Three peo­ple have been ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the death of a man who was found in an An­gus nature re­serve.

The body of Steven Don­ald­son, 2 7, was dis­cov­ered in Kin­nordy Nature Re­serve, Kir­riemuir, last Thursday morn­ing.

Two men, both aged 23, and one 19-year-old woman have been ar­rested.

Fol­low­ing the grim dis­cov­ery, foren­sic of­fi­cers sealed off a num­ber of nearby roads and beauty spots.

Se­nior in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cer De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent James Smith, from the po­lice’s Ma­jor In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team, said in­quiries are still con­tin­u­ing.

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

“Our in­quiries are still on­go­ing and I would en­cour­age any­one with in­for­ma­tion they think could as­sist to con­tact po­lice on 101, or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 if you would pre­fer to re­main anony­mous.”

Mr Don­ald­son had worked for Aberdeen-based oil ser­vices firm In­ter­well since De­cem­ber 2012.

Last night a spokes­woman for the firm said: “We are shocked and sad­dened to hear of the death of Steven Don­ald­son, who was one of our em­ploy­ees.

“Steven worked for In­ter­well for five and a half years and was em­ployed as a tool spe­cial­ist.”

She added: “We are work­ing with the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to sup­port them in any way we can and are of­fer­ing sup­port to Steven’s fam­ily and our em­ploy­ees.”

Po­lice have con­firmed that Mr Don­ald­son drove from Ar­broath to Kir­riemuir last Wednesday evening in his white BMW.

It is be­lieved the car was seen in the nature re­serve car park at around 11pm.

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