Police investigating the murder of Fife grandmother Mary Logie now “strongly believe” she was killed on the morning of the day her body was discovered.
Ms Logie, 82, was found bludgeoned to death with a rolling pin at her home in Leven on Tuesday, January 5.
She was last seen alive at 8am in her home and Police Scotland have said they now believe she was killed in the morning. Her body was found around 8pm.
STV News understands Ms Logie, who was known as Rae, suffered serious head injuries caused by the rolling pin and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scottish Ambulance Service.
Police are thought to have found the weapon at the house.
Detective chief inspector Keith Hardie, of the major investigation team, said that when Ms Logie’s body was found she was still wearing her nightgown, and it was not her routine to stay in her nightclothes during the day.
He said this, with other evidence, led him to believe she was murdered in the morning.
A mobile incident vehicle has been placed outside Ms Logie’s home in Green Gates, where members of the public can speak to officers.
DCI Hardie said: “My team has been carrying out inquiries in Leven and from our major incident room at Kirkcaldy 24/7 since the murder investigation was launched.
“We are working tirelessly to ensure every piece of evidence is gathered, all inquiries are carried out comprehensively and we can give Mary’s family, friends and the local community answers to why this terrible event has occurred.
“As a result of this thorough inquiry, I now strongly believe that the murder was committed some time on the morning of Tuesday, January 5. She was last seen alive at 8am and so we are now focusing on the remainder of the morning.
“A great deal of activity has been taking place in and around Green Gates and the ongoing assistance from the local community has been tremendous and vital in helping us develop our inquiries.
“I understand the concerns expressed by some local people and the media when they have asked for more explanation that we’ve been unable to give.
“Officers have spoken with various people in connection with this ongoing effort and we’re not at a stage where we can release much detail about the actions being carried out.
“We must always protect the integrity of the investigation and there is information, which has to be kept within the inquiry team.
“I want to give my personal assurance to the community that our investigation is thorough and officers are doing a tremendous amount of work to ensure Mary’s killer is brought to justice.”
Chief inspector Adrian Annandale, the local area commander for north-east Fife, said: “High-visibility patrols have been undertaken in the Green Gates area since the murder was reported to police and this will continue for the foreseeable future.
“A crime of this type is extremely rare for Fife and I understand that people may have concerns. However, we welcome the opportunity to engage directly with members of the public and we’re taking steps to do this whenever we can, working with our community partners to ensure that anyone who is worried knows where to turn.
“Please do come and talk to your local officers, at the mobile incident vehicle or out on the streets. I also urge anyone who has any information in relation to this murder to contact police on 101 or anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”