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Man due in court over Highland mystery case

By Tom Ramage

Police investigating the disappearance of Renee MacRae and her son Andrew in 1976 have arrested and charged a 77-year-old man in connection with their deaths.

Police search goes on
Police search goes on

The man was arrested in the north of England this morning (Wednesday, September 11) by detectives from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team and was expected to appear at Inverness Sheriff Court.

A detailed forensic search of Leanach Quarry, south of Inverness, continues and the bodies of Renee and three-year-old Andrew have not been recovered.

Detective Inspector Brian Geddes said: “This is a significant development in an investigation which started when Renee and Andrew disappeared in November 1976.

“Their disappearance has had an unimaginable impact on the lives of Renee and Andrew’s family and friends for several decades.

"This has also been felt keenly in Inverness, but also across Scotland and beyond.

"Police officers and staff from across the country, as well as a number of partner agencies and contractors, have put an enormous amount of work into this investigation from 1976 to the present day, allowing us to reach this point.

"The remains of Renee and Andrew have not been recovered, however the searching of a large quantity of material removed from Leanach Quarry continues.

"I would like to thank everyone who has assisted the investigation, whether during our recent enquiries, or at any time since 1976.

"We would also continue to ask anyone who believes they can assist police to contact 101 or you can e-mail a dedicated inbox at SCDHOLMESInverness@scotland.pnn.police.uk.

“They can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111."

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