Community 'crucial' in solving pensioner's rolling pin murder

Fife grandmother Mary Logie, 82, found beaten to death in her home in Leven on January 5.

Mary Logie: Grandmother was found battered to death in her home in Fife.
Mary Logie: Grandmother was found battered to death in her home in Fife.

The key to solving the rolling pin murder of an 82-year-old grandmother in Fife may be held by someone in the local community, according to police.

Mary Logie was found beaten to death at her home in Green Gates, Leven, on Tuesday, January 5, after not arriving at a planned hospital visit to see a friend. Ms Logie had previously been seen alive around 8am that day.

It is understood she suffered serious head injuries caused by the rolling pin and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Scottish Ambulance Service. Police are believed to have found the weapon at the house.

Two weeks on since the murder of Ms Logie, the officer leading the inquiry said there may still be someone in the community who holds a vital information.


Detective chief inspector Keith Hardie, of the Major Investigation Team (MIT), said his officers are following a number of positive lines of inquiry as part of the probe.

He said: “My team is following a number of positive lines of inquiry, however, I’m confident that someone in the local community has crucial information that can help solve this dreadful murder.

Home: Mary Logie was found dead at her house in Leven. STV

“I want to speak to anyone who saw Mary in the hours before her death to please come forward. A seemingly innocuous piece of information might make all the difference in the wider context of this investigation.”

High-visibility patrols will continue in Green Gates for the foreseeable future to provide reassurance to the local community.


A mobile incident vehicle also remains outside the 82-year-old’s home, where members of the public are invited to speak to officers and raise any concerns they might have.

DCI Hardie added: “Our investigation is ongoing with officers carrying out various inquiries in Leven. This effort will continue and I again wish to thank everyone in the local community who has assisted us.

“There has been a strong response from residents whose patience at this important time of the investigation is greatly appreciated and I can offer my personal reassurance that we are doing everything we can to trace Mrs Logie’s killer.”

Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of the Levenmouth area committee, said: “There has been an outpouring of support from the local community, of which Mrs Logie was a treasured member.

“Understandably, people are very keen to ensure the killer is arrested and swiftly brought to justice.

“Although well aware of the ongoing police effort towards this objective, I appreciate we must remain patient as officers cannot and should not discuss every element of their inquiry.”

Anyone who has information that can assist with the ongoing police investigation is asked to contact 101 or anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.