Inverness murder: Police sources say 'tech' will play a vital role in investigation
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Telephone cell site analysis and automatic number plate recognition checks are expected to play a vital role in tracking down the murderer of Inverness dad Ross MacGillivray, it has been reported.
The 36-year-old was found dead from horrific injuries at a house on St Ninian Drive last Sunday.
Police are now seeking two men who were seen entering the property at about 10.20pm, leaving shortly after midnight.
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The Scottish Daily Express reports a police source told them: "Today's society is extremely well monitored and it is very difficult not to leave your mark as you go about your daily business. This is, obviously, of no concern if your activities are lawful but it is a completely different picture if you are up to no good.
"Following the discovery of the victim, any CCTV in and around the area will be picked up, minutely checked, logged and cross-referenced. It may take days or even weeks to find what you are looking for but even if there is not any coverage in the immediate area, somewhere quite close by there will be cameras."
Police said they had 'Nothing further at this time' to say when the Courier enquired today about the claims.
Officers have maintained a presence at the house and on Sunday had cordoned off an area of the Caledonian Canal, where the two men currently at the centre of enquiries were seen to be heading.
The first of these tow men 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.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacDougall said: "My message to the public is if you have any concerns in relation to your own safety or someone else's then one, contact the police and we will do what we can to alleviate those concerns and the other message is to the people out there that might be concerned to tell us what they know, but all I can say to them is come and tell us so we can do what we can to alleviate those concerns.
"Ultimately my team need to establish why Ross died at this property and that is the focus of this investigation."
He 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.
“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."