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Mary Logie murder: 82-year-old 'did not leave home'

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Police investigating the murder of a Fife grandmother believe she did not leave her house on the day she was killed.

Mary Logie, 82, was found dead in her home in Leven two weeks ago.

It is thought she had been beaten to death with a rolling pin.

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie, who is leading the murder inquiry, said Mrs Logie was still in her nightwear when she was discovered and she had missed a number of appointments that day.

Mrs Logie's body was found in her first-floor flat in Green Gates at 20:00 on 5 January.

Police believe she was killed on the morning of that day in a "brutal and horrendous attack".

Officers said they wanted to speak to anyone who had seen Mrs Logie in the hours before her death.

Det Ch Insp Hardie told BBC Scotland: "I strongly suspect Mary never had the chance to leave her house on Tuesday 5 January.

"That's based on a number of facts, the main one being she was still dressed in her nightdress when she was found dead on the Tuesday evening.

"Also she missed a couple of appointments, which was not like her at all.

"We have no witness sightings of Mary on the Tuesday and so my suspicion is that Mary never had the opportunity to leave the house."

'Dreadful murder'

Det Ch Insp Hardie added: "My team is following a number of positive lines of inquiry however I'm confident that someone in the local community has crucial information that can help solve this dreadful murder.

"I want to speak to anyone who saw Mary in the hours before her death to please come forward. A seemingly innocuous piece of information might make all the difference in the wider context of this investigation."

Police Scotland said they would continue to carry out high visibility patrols in the local area for the foreseeable future and a mobile incident vehicle would remain outside Mrs Logie's home.

Cllr Tom Adams, chairman of the Levenmouth area committee, said there had been an "outpouring of support" from the local community after the murder.

"Understandably, people are very keen to ensure the killer is arrested and swiftly brought to justice," he said.

"Although well aware of the ongoing police effort towards this objective, I appreciate we must remain patient as officers cannot and should not discuss every element of their inquiry."

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