Murder victim Brian McKandie’s brother has made a heartfelt plea for anyone with information to listen to their “conscience” and call the police.
William made a statement to the public from Police Scotland’s north-east HQ in Aberdeen’s Queen street after his brother Brian was found dead at his home in Rothienorman almost two weeks ago.
In a statement Brian’s brother William said: “It’s been almost two weeks weeks since Brian has died and it’s just been a total shock, especially as police believe that he was attacked.
“My sister and I are now left with questions about why someone would want to hurt him. What did they want?
“He was a 67-year-old man who lived alone, who worked hard as a self-employed mechanic and was friendly to anyone who spoke to him. How could someone do this to him?
“I would ask that if anyone thinks they have information about what happened to my brother, they may have seen something or heard something, to contact the police.
“Somebody somewhere must know what happened to Brian. I would ask them to look to their conscience and call the police. We are finding the whole situation really hard to come to terms with. We have lost our brother and we just want to know what happened and why.”
Police divers have been searching a stream near Mr McKandie’s home as part of the investigation.
Police confirmed yesterday that searches were still under way for the murder weapon as they appealed for help to trace two men seen talking to Mr McKandie the previous day.
The men – one a heavy-set man in his fifties, the other younger – were spotted in the driveway of his home at Fairview Cottages, Badenscoth, between 1pm and 2pm.
They appeared to be beside a burgundy or maroon-coloured estate car which was parked in Mr McKandie’s driveway.
Officers previously made an appeal relating to two men seen talking to the victim at the later time of between 5pm and 6pm.