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Murder probe over Carron Valley Reservoir death

Stewart Barrett
Image caption Stewart Barrett died after a "violent assault", police said

A murder investigation has been launched into the death of a man whose body was found on a forestry track near a reservoir on Sunday.

Detectives said 34-year-old Stewart Barrett, from Kirkintilloch, had died after a "violent assault".

His body was discovered half a mile along a track next to the Carron Valley Reservoir in Fintry near Stirling.

Police said they wanted to establish his movements between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

A post-mortem examination carried out on Tuesday confirmed Mr Barrett had died of his injuries after the assault.

Det Ch Insp Willie Cravens, who is leading Central Scotland Police's investigation, said: "The last confirmed sighting of him was at 10.30pm on Saturday 26 November at an address in Meiklehill Road, Kirkintilloch.

"We are working to establish his movements between the time he was last seen and the discovery of his body at 11am on Sunday morning half a mile along a forestry track from the B818 at the north end of Carron Valley reservoir, near Fintry."

Det Ch Insp Cravens said police were keen to hear from anyone who may have seen him on Saturday, either on his own or with other people.

He was wearing blue tracksuit bottoms, white trainers and a dark coloured top.

The force said it was working on the case with Strathclyde Police, who were carrying out door-to-door inquiries in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire.

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