A man has been charged with murdering Renee Macrae and her three-year-old son Andrew.
William MacDowell, 77, of Penrith, appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court today.
He faces two charges of murder and two of perverting the course of justice.
He made no plea and was granted bail.
Renee MacRae was last seen driving out of Inverness with her child on November 12, 1976.
The 36-year-old mother-of-two’s BMW was found burned out in a lay-by on the A9 near Dalmagarry, 12 miles south of the city, but the pair have not been seen since.