Three people were today charged with the murder of an oil worker found dead in the car park of a Scots beauty spot.
A teenage girl aged 19 and two men aged 23 have been charged over the death of Steven Donaldson, 27, whose body was discovered around 5am on Thursday June 7 in the car park of Kinnordy Nature Reserve near Kirriemuir, Angus.
A major investigation into his death continues and police today encouraged anyone with information about his murder to come forward.
The three suspects are due to appear at Forfar Sheriff Court on Monday.
Police earlier said Steven, an offshore worker who previously ran a property business, had been murdered by being repeatedly hit with a “sharp, heavy” weapon.
His body was found by a walker at the reserve beside his BMW car, which is understood to have been set on fire.
Senior investigating officer Detective Superintendent James Smith, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “I would again like to thank all those who have provided information and assistance in connection with this enquiry so far.
“Our investigation is still ongoing and I would encourage anyone with information they think could assist us, to please contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you would prefer to remain anonymous.”
Friends of Steven paid tribute to him following his death and said they couldn’t understand the motive behind his murder.
On Thursday a gathering of friends and wellwishers took place in his memory – with police announcing around the same time they had made the arrests in the case.
Speaking at the weekend, Steven’s friend Martin Johnstone, 48, said: “When I spoke to Steven on Wednesday, he told me he was going to Kirriemuir and he seemed fine. We didn’t hear the body was him until police announced it on Friday.
“But when he didn’t turn up for our meeting and police had found a body, I feared the worst.
“All his friends are in deep shock. We don’t know why anyone would hurt Steven.
“He worked offshore all over the world and had only just returned from a two-week stint. I was his best friend and we spoke every day. He was a 100 per cent hard-working, genuine guy, who was never in trouble.”
He added: “Steven didn’t drink or smoke and regularly went to the gym. He lived with his mum but was about to buy his own place.
“None of his friends can think of any reason why anyone would want to cause him harm.”
Faisal Naseem, 30, added: “Steven was someone who was always on the go and never hung about the house. He was always with one of his many friends.”