Police took six days to carry out post-mortem on murdered dogwalker

Brian Low's death was initially assessed as being 'non-suspicious and medical-related'.

Police took six days to carry out post-mortem on murdered dogwalker found near Aberfeldy STV News

Police took six days to carry out a post-mortem on a man who had been fatally shot before a murder investigation was launched.

The body of 65-year-old Brian Low was discovered alongside his black labrador at around 8.30am on Saturday February 17 in the Pitillie area on the outskirts of Aberfeldy.

Mr Low’s death was initially assessed as being “non-suspicious and medical-related”.

But six days later, after a medical examination, it was established he had injuries consistent with being fatally shot.

Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team were then contacted and a two-doctor post-mortem examination was scheduled.

Investigators on the scene of where Brian Low was shot dead.STV News

A postmortem examination then took place on Saturday, February 24, 2024, which confirmed Mr Low had been fatally shot. A murder inquiry was launched immediately after, police said.

Family liaison officers were identified and Mr Low’s next of kin were made aware on the afternoon of Saturday, February 25, about the significant update in the case.

The Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) link was set up on Monday and released to the public Tuesday, which allows people to submit information directly to the inquiry team.

Detective chief inspector Martin Macdougall, of the Major Investigation Team, said: “Brian’s family continue to be supported by specialist officers and have asked for their privacy to be respected as they come to terms with what has happened.

Brian Low was walking his black Labrador in the Pitilie area, on the outskirts of the town, around 8.30am on February 17 when he was shot dead.STV News

“Since criminality was established on Friday evening, the MITs have carried out a number of lines of enquiry and we are keeping an open mind as to the motive in this case. 

“We are now turning to the public for information. Aberfeldy is a remote area with close knit community. Anything unusual would stand out. 

“I am asking anyone with information, if you noticed anything out of the ordinary or heard anything of concern, to please contact us. It could be vital to our investigation.”

Local area commander Greg Burns added: “I understand this is an extremely concerning incident for a small, rural community but please be assured we are doing all we can to piece together the full circumstances and find whoever is responsible.

“High visibility patrols remain in the area and there will be an increased police presence as the investigation continues. We are working closely with the Major Investigation Team, and part of our enquiries. 

“This includes officers going door-to-door and I would encourage anyone with concerns to speak to them.”

Police can be contacted by calling 101 and quoting reference number 0884 of Saturday February 17, 2024. 

Alternatively, information can be submitted via the MIPP link

Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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