Police keeping ‘open mind’ over death of Kirkcaldy man

Police have appealed for members of the public to come forward following the death of Darren Adie on Saturday.

The 42-year-old father of two was found unconscious on Saturday on Tweed Avenue in Kirkcaldy, near to the junction of Lawson Street, at 6.45pm and died in Victoria Hospital shortly after.

Police and forensic officers attend the scene at Tweed Avenue in Kirkcaldy. (Pic by George McLuskie)

Police and forensic officers attend the scene at Tweed Avenue in Kirkcaldy. (Pic by George McLuskie)

DCI Raymond Brown said it was too early to say whether Police Scotland were working on a murder enquiry, adding that they were keeping an “open mind” over Mr Adie’s death at this stage.

He said: “At this moment the investigation is at a very early stage.

“In the hours preceding his death Mr Adie was in the Gallatown area of Kirkcaldy. My understanding is he was moving around the area on foot and he spoke to a number of people during the course of the day.

“I would appeal to those people to come forward to the police if they haven’t already and pass any information to us and allow us the be the judge of any information they have.”

Police at the cordoned off area in Tweed Avenue where Mr Adie was found. Picture: George McLuskie

Police at the cordoned off area in Tweed Avenue where Mr Adie was found. Picture: George McLuskie

DCI Brown stressed that investigations are at a “very early stage” and police were treating Mr Brown’s death as “suspicious”.

He added: “My understanding is that Mr Adie was not employed at this time however he was known to the local community and was a friend and associate of many people in the Gallatown area.

“The local community has engaged well with us so far. It has been very positive however I would encourage any member of the public who hasn’t yet spoken to the police to do so.”

Kirkcaldy Inspector Graeme Neill said he would be working with the local community to provide reassurance that the police were working hard to found out the cause of Mr Adie’s death and said the area where his body was discovered would be cordoned off until tomorrow at the very least.

DCI Raymond Brown appealing for witnesses at the press conference earlier today (Monday, May 30).

DCI Raymond Brown appealing for witnesses at the press conference earlier today (Monday, May 30).

“As we identify more areas to search that could change,” he said, “At the moment we’re anticipating a little bit more disruption (for locals) until tomorrow.”

“Any violent crime like this can cause a lot of anxiety in the local area and that’s why we’re here in numbers to try and provide reassurance and give a line of communication for any members of the public who may want to ask us questions.”

Insp Neill said the feedback from the public had been “very positive”.

He added: “Everybody is wanting to pull together to identify the persons involved in this and to try and get a good conclusion.

Flowers laid at Tweed Avenue in Kirkcaldy in memory of Darren Adie who died on Saturday.

Flowers laid at Tweed Avenue in Kirkcaldy in memory of Darren Adie who died on Saturday.

“The lines of communication are going well and we’re working hard to make sure that we enhance that.”

Calling Mr Adie’s death “an isolated incident” Insp Neill said he hoped it wouldn’t spoil the hard work that has gone in to try and regenerate the area of late.

“We would ask that everyone bear with us and work with us because it’s for a very important matter,” he added.