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Police renew appeal for information as Inverness murder investigation continues

By Niall Harkiss

Police Scotland have renewed an appeal as a murder investigation continues into the death of a 36-year-old man in Inverness.

Ross MacGillivray was pronounced dead a short time after he was found with serious injuries at a property on St Ninian Drive around 12.10am on Sunday, November 12.

Ross MacGillivray from Inverness was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.
Ross MacGillivray from Inverness was pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

The investigation is being led by officers from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacDougall said: “Extensive enquiries remain ongoing into the death of Ross MacGillivray and we are continuing to appeal to the public for information which could help our investigation.

“Incidents such as this are thankfully very rare in the Highlands and we fully appreciate the impact this tragedy has had in the local community and across Inverness.

“An extensive police presence remains in the area, including detectives from our Major Investigation Team and local officers from Highland and Islands Division.

“If anyone has concerns or information about Ross’s death then I would urge them to speak to any of our officers.

“Specialist officers continue to provide Ross’s family with support and we would ask their privacy is respected at this extremely difficult time for them.”

He added: “We remain particularly keen to identify two men seen entering the same property where Ross MacGillivray was later found dead.

“They entered around 10.20pm on Saturday, November 11 and then left shortly after midnight on Sunday, November 12.

“They are believed to have headed on foot in the direction of the Caledonian Canal and were known to have been in the St Valery Avenue area around 12.20am, possibly in the company of a woman.

“If you saw any of these people, or believe you may have seen any suspicious or notable activity please come forward and let us know.”

The first man is described as black, around 6ft tall, of slim build, with short black hair and stubble around his mouth. He was wearing a blue puffer jacket, black tracksuit bottoms and white trainers, which were described as chunky. He is believed to have spoken with a Liverpool accent.

The second man is described as white, around 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build, with brown hair, which was shaved at the sides and longer on top. He was wearing a black waterproof jacket, grey and black trousers and black trainers.

Anyone with information can call 101, quoting reference 0031 of Sunday, November 12, 2023, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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