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Renee Macrae accused appears at Inverness Sheriff Court

By Gregor White

Renee MacRae.
Renee MacRae.

The 77-year-old man arrested this morning in connection with the disappearance of Renee MacRae in 1976 is appearing at Inverness Sheriff Court now.

The identity of the man and the exact nature of the charges against him will not be revelaed until after a private hearing taking place at the court currently.

He appeared at court in a Peugeot car accompanied by three plain clothes police officers.

Uniformed officers were also in attendance as he was escorted into a cell block adjacent to the court.

Mrs MacRae and her three-year-old son Andrew have not been seen since November 12, 1976 when they left their home.

Mrs MacRae's burn-out BMW car was found beside the A9 south of Inverness later.

Luggage belonging to her as well as Andrew's pushchair have also never been found.

Andrew MacRae.
Andrew MacRae.

She had told a friend earlier that she was going to meet her boyfriend, Bill MacDowall.

Earlier this year police launched a major reinvestigation of the case, draining Leanach Quarry and sifting through thousands of tonnes of material as well as interviewing and re-interviewing hundreds of witnesses.

Today, confiriming the arrest, police again called for anyone who may have information relating to the case to contact them.

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