Police look for key to unsolved murder

Effie Drummond is pictured leaving flowers at the grave of her son, Sandy. She died without ever knowing the truth behind his death.
Effie Drummond is pictured leaving flowers at the grave of her son, Sandy. She died without ever knowing the truth behind his death.

FIFE Police are still hopeful that, 22 years after the murder of Boarhills man Sandy Drummond, an in-depth review of evidence might provide a key to solving the mystery.

It is one of the longest-standing unsolved murders within the force and, despite countless exhaustive investigations, televised reconstructions and a documentary, his killer has never been found.

The 33-year-old labourer, who lived in a cottage at Falside Farm, Boarhills, was found dead on a farm track near his home on the evening of Monday, June 24, 1991.

This week, Detective Chief Inspector Dave McLaren, confirmed that over the past nine months, the force had been conducting a full review of the original investigations.

“A team of officers has painstakingly worked their way through thousands of statements, questionnaires and documents in the hope of unearthing that nugget of evidence that will progress the case.

“We know from Sandy’s actions prior to his death that something was obviously going on in his life, but to date we are no further forward on what that something was.

“Having withdrawn large sums of cash from his savings and quit his job in the days prior to his death, there was obviously something on his mind to act in such an irrational way.

“Previous investigations have failed to establish a motive for the death. There are no shortage of theories, but as far as hard and fast evidence goes there is nothing to say for sure.

“From our new work on the case, we have unearthed some new information and, with a bit of luck and some help from the public, there may be an opportunity to move the case on in terms of establishing who was responsible.

“Someone out there knows either who Sandy’s killer was, or what was going on in his life, and without them having the courage to come forward and speak to us, I fear we may never find out what happened.”

DCI McLaren asked people to remember that a snippet of information to them may seem insignificant, but to the police, it might be the nugget they were looking for.

He encouraged anyone to get in touch.

“As well as a review of the case files, we are also looking at what modern-day forensic opportunities exist.

“This is an area I am particularly excited by. We are now able to get DNA from as a single skin cell or minute drop of blood, so by looking at the clothing worn by Sandy at the time of his death we may find answers. This is an area of policing that is developing at an incredible speed and even if this current review doesn’t turn up anything, I’m hopeful that future developments will.”