A £1000 reward has been offered to anyone with information that could help police solve the murder of a grandfather found fatally injured in a street.
John McMurchie, from Errol in Perthshire, was discovered injured in a Dundee street in the early hours of Sunday.
The 50-year-old was taken to Ninewells Hospital in the city where he died a short time later. He had sustained his injuries at around 4am in Fintry Terrace, Dundee, having been at a nearby house.
On Friday, charity Crimestoppers confirmed it is offering the reward for information that would lead Tayside Police to a successful murder conviction in relation to the death.
Earlier this week the force appealed for two people, who were spotted between 3.55am and 4am in an area known locally as the centre path near the Whitfield family resource centre, to come forward.
Around 20 officers are searching the lower Whitfield area in an effort to trace items that could help the investigation. They have also appealed to pub patrons in Dundee to get in touch with them in an effort to piece together Mr McMurchie’s last known movements.
On the night before his death, Mr McMurchie had been in the Dolphin Bar in Fintry from around 5pm, before moving to the Balmore Bar in Stobswell at some point between pm and 8pm. He finished the night in the Albert Bar nearby, before he and some friends got a lift to the property in Murrayfield Gardens, where he stayed until leaving in the early hours of Sunday.
Detective Inspector Bobby Dow, the senior investigating officer, said: "Clearly, John was found seriously injured in the street. As we piece together his last movements we are scouring the area to see if there is anything that can be found to help us establish exactly what happened to him. We are carrying out our searches, but the public can also assist and I would appeal to them to check their gardens, out buildings and the area around them. If they find anything unusual or out of place – leave it where it is and contact the police.
"Our enquiry team is making progress, with forensic examination in the area and at an address in Murrayfield Gardens, and the overall process does take time. But we do need the public’s help to fit the pieces together. People should discount what they know as being irrelevant. Let us make that judgement."
A 63-year-old man was arrested by police investigating the death, but he was later released without charge.
Anyone with information can contact the enquiry team on 01382 591940 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.