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Family hopeful in Stefan case


By David G Scott


THE family of Stefan Sutherland are hopeful that detectives reviewing the circumstances surrounding his death in 2013 will reveal positive leads next week.

Stefan was 25 when he disappeared from Lybster on September 6, 2013. His body was found on the shoreline at nearby Occumster 11 days later.

For years the family have campaigned tirelessly to have the case "properly investigated" and were delighted when Police Scotland announced there would be a review.

Stefan was described as a good-natured and popular young man by his parents.
Stefan was described as a good-natured and popular young man by his parents.

Starting on January 21, detectives from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team conducted house-to-house enquiries in the villages of Lybster and Latheronwheel.

Stefan's mother, Sandra, said: "We've been told there will be some news next week so we're just waiting until we hear."

Detective Superintendent Graeme Mackie, who is leading the inquiry, said: “We have received a good response from the local community during this phase of the review.

Detective superintendent Graeme Mackie has been leading the review. Picture: Kami Thomson
Detective superintendent Graeme Mackie has been leading the review. Picture: Kami Thomson

"We have responses from almost all of the 480 properties visited, but we still want to hear from anyone who may have moved away from the area since Stefan's death in September 2013.

“I would again ask anyone with information to please come forward and speak to officers.

“Stefan was well known in the local community and I would also encourage those who saw him between 10pm on Friday, September 6, 2013, and noon on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 to contact us."

Anyone with information who lives outwith Lybster and Latheronwheel can contact Police Scotland on 101 and request information to be passed to Operation Husten or email SCDHolmesDundee@scotland.pnn.police.uk

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