Police in Levenmouth say they cannot rule out the possibilty that the person who murdered 82-year-old Leven resident Mary Logie was motivated by theft.
But Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie of the East Senior Investigation Team, said they are keeping an open mind, and will know more once forensic tests are carried out.
It was confirmed today (Thursday) that Mary was found dead in her livingroom on Tuesday by a concerned neighbour, who had gone to check on her after she had not answered a phone call.
DCI Hardie described the attack as ‘horrific’, adding: “It was a brutal attack on a defenseless 82-year-old woman in the safety of her own home.”
Police are now trying to establish when the shocking attack took place.
They confirmed that Mary, who has lived in Leven all of her life, had spoken to neighbours in the morning, around 8am, and had expressed her intention to visit a friend in hospital and take a bus into town to do some shopping.
This was a brutal attack on a defenseless 82-year-old woman in the safety of her own home.
However, they were unable to confirm if she did leave her house before she was found with head injuries some time between 8.30pm and 9pm.
Describing the discovery, DCI Hardie said: “When (the neighbour) went into the house, it was quite clear at that point that Mary had been the victim of some form of assault, and from what they saw an ambulance was contacted.
“Once the ambulance crew arrived, they quickly realised that something very serious had happened and at that time the police were contacted.”
DCI Hardie confirmed that there were no signs of forced entry into Mary’s home in Green Gates, but they could not be sure that nothing was missing from the property at this stage.
He said: “My own opinion is the chances are there was motivation around theft, but until we complete the forensic examination of the house we won’t be able to say for sure.
“And because Mary lived alone, and was very independent, it makes it more difficult to establish whether or not anything is missing.”
He added: “We’re carrying out an extensive house-to-house investigation in the area and there’s not one particular individual that we’re focussing on at the minute.
“It’s a matter of getting CCTV from the area and also speaking to as many of the local residents as we can in the hope that they’ve seen something suspicious or somebody acting suspicious.”
Cheif Inspector Adrian Annandale, local area commander for north east Fife, said the attack had come as a shock to neighbours and locals in Leven.
“Now that we’ve confirmed that Mary has been murdered, that disgust and the shock will turn to anger and now we will see a reaction and the community will look to get the person that’s responsible for this horrific crime brought to justice.
“Anybody that has any information, no matter how trivial they might think it is, it might be a key piece to the jigsaw to help solve this puzzle of who’s murdered Mary and I would urge them to contact 101, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or to approach one of the officers who will remain at Mary’s house or that will be on high visibility patrols in the area.”
Police confirmed that Mary was still very active despite her age and was a regular church-goer.
Reverand Gilbert Nisbet confirmed that Mary was a member of the congregation, and said people in Leven will be shocked by the incident. He commented: “She was (at church) virtually every Sunday and she came to the lunches, and had a group of friends which she sat with.
“She will be included in the prayers on Sunday (January 10) and will certainly be mentioned in the course of the service, as she’ll be at the forefront of a lot of people’s thoughts.”
Mary has two sons and a daughter, who all live outwith the area. DCI Hardie confirmed that the family had travelled to Levenmouth to assist with enquires, and were still coming to terms with the shock.
In a statement released earlier today, they paid tribute to her as “a beloved mother, grandmother and friend” who will be sadly missed.