Police have named an 83-year-old man who died after an incident in a woodland area in Moray yesterday.
Officers were called to the Birkenhill Woods in New Elgin at around 9am to reports that a woman aged 70 and two men aged 70 and 83 had been seriously assaulted.
The 83-year-old, named as Frank Kinnis, later died.
A 35-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the death.
Mr Kinnis’s family released a statement paying tribute to their “unfailingly dependable” husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
The statement said: “We are mourning the loss of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
“He was a doting, warm-hearted and unfailingly dependable presence in each of our lives.
“There will also be fond memories of him among the farming and bowls communities in Elgin, where he was well known and liked.
“We will fondly remember him as he was in life, and ask everyone who knew him to make certain that it is these memories of him that endure.”
Superintendent Kate Stephen said she was “acutely aware” of the impact Mr Kinnis’ death has had on the local community.
She said: “A 35-year-old man has been arrested in connection with these incidents and has now been charged therefore we are unable to speculate or answer questions regarding the circumstances.
“Given how incredibly rare and unusual this incident is for such a well-used and loved area, officers will be carrying out additional patrols here and providing an increased presence over the coming days – please approach any our officers if you have information, or even if you just want to speak to someone about your concerns.
“ I am acutely aware of the impact this incident has had on the local community, and I include in that my own officers who not only work in the area but many of whom also live in the communities.
“Moray prides itself on being one of the safest places to live which makes this incident all the more tragic.”
The 35-year-old man is due to appear at Elgin Sheriff Court tomorrow.