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Police hunting the killer of Highland man in Nairn have new information which may lead to the murderer


By Alan Shields

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Detectives investigating the murder of Alistair Wilson at his home in Nairn in 2004 have today (March 9) issued a revised description of the man they believe carried out the killing.

Following a recent review of witness accounts, further analysis of timings from the night in question and investigative developments, officers from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team refreshed the description of the man they want to trace.

Previous appeals described the gunman as being aged between 30 and 40-years-old, however detectives believe the man who shot Alistair may have been younger and may have been aged between 20 and 40-years-old at the time.

He was approximately 5ft 7in tall and was wearing a baseball cap and jacket.

Detective Superintendent Graeme Mackie, leading the investigation said: “Over 17 years have passed since Alistair Wilson was murdered at his home in Nairn and the case continues to be reviewed and investigated by specialist officers locally, nationally and internationally.

"I am now able to issue a new appeal in relation to the description of the murderer based on reviews of witness accounts and further investigative work.

“In previous appeals the murderer seen on the night in 2004 had been described as a man aged between 30 and 40 years of age.

“Having now carried out extensive enquires and reviewed previous descriptions and witnesses evidence, I believe that this age range is too narrow and it is more accurate to describe the male who we believe killed Alistair was aged between 20 and 40-years-old at the time.

“He was approximately 5ft 7in in height and was seen to be wearing a baseball cap and jacket.

“This would mean that Alistair’s killer is now potentially aged in their mid to late 30s to almost 60-years-old.

“We remain committed to ensuring the person responsible for Alistair’s murder is brought to justice so that we can give his family the answers they deserve.

“Someone out there knows what happened to Alistair and I hope this appeal today serves as a vital reminder that it is never too late to come forward with information. Do not assume that the police already know the information you possess."




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