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Murder hunt police search Inverness housing estate as bid to trace two men continues

By Neil MacPhail

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Police officers with items in evidence bags.
Police officers with items in evidence bags.

Police hunting the killer of Inverness dad Ross MacGillivray are continuing extensive inquiries in the city.

Officers were combing streets and land in a Dalneigh housing estate and around the nearby Caledonian Canal today as efforts continued to trace two men seen at a house in St Ninian Drive, where 36-year-old Mr MacGillivray's body was found.

Officers were called there just after midnight on Saturday and pronounced him dead at the scene.

Following a post mortem, police said the death is being treated as murder.

Officers are searching the area.
Officers are searching the area.

Officers are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

They are particularly keen to speak to two men who were seen entering the property in St Ninian Drive at around 10.20pm on Saturday and leaving shortly after midnight in the early hours of Sunday.

Both men were last seen heading in the direction of the Caledonian Canal, and it's believed they were in the St Valery Avenue area of Dalneigh at around 12.20am.

Enquiries have revealed they may have been in the company of a woman.

Undergrowth next the canal is searched.
Undergrowth next the canal is searched.

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.

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.

Police Scotland can be contacted via 101, quoting reference 0031 of Sunday, November 12, 2023.

Police searching around Dalneigh estate.
Police searching around Dalneigh estate.

Tributes have been paid by the local community to Mr MacGillivray described as a "loving husband and doting father" by his family.

They added: "He will be especially missed but definitely not forgotten. We love you to the Moon, the stars, Jupiter and Mars.”

Members of the community took to Facebook to express their condolences.

One Facebook user said: "Only the best and loveliest of memories of our younger years. Always a heart of gold and the kindest of souls. Thinking of your family at this devastating loss."

Another comment read: "Such a tragedy, my heart goes out to his family and friends – especially his poor wife and children who have had their husband and father so terribly stolen from their lives.

"I hope the community can come together at this devastating time to help and support them in any way possible."

A former schoolmate wrote: "That smile and laugh I will forever remember, our memories I will hold close forever.

"My love to your family and the kids that you adored so much. RIP my friend. Never forgotten, you'll live on in our hearts."

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