Tayside and Central Scotland

Police officer Dean Morrison's death a 'tragic accident'

PC Dean Morrison Image copyright Police Scotland
Image caption PC Dean Morrison's body was discovered in the Barry Burn in Carnoustie on Sunday

Police piecing together the last movements of an officer whose body was found at a burn in Angus have traced two witnesses.

PC Dean Morrison's body was discovered in the Barry Burn in Carnoustie at about 12:40 on Sunday.

Detectives said the 40-year-old's death was being treated as unexplained, but not suspicious.

The officer leading the investigation said that "all indications to date" pointed to a "tragic accident."

Det Insp Ray Birnie said a taxi driver who picked up PC Morrison in Broughty Ferry on Saturday night had been traced.

Image caption Police officers are continuing to search the Barry Burn area

Det Insp Birnie said the taxi driver confirmed that he dropped PC Morrison off at the Barry Road/MacDonald Smith Drive roundabout at 23:30 on Saturday.

He said: "A member of the public has also contacted us to tell us that Dean was seen walking in Main Street shortly thereafter."

Police have also issued a description of the clothing PC Morrison was last seen wearing on Saturday evening.

He was in a dark grey puffer jacket, dark shirt, black trousers and brown shoes.

Police are searching for a multi-coloured Next scarf that PC Morrison was known to have been wearing on Saturday.

Officers are conducting further searches in Carnoustie this week.

A Tayside Division Facebook post confirming PC Morrison's death has received more than 1,300 messages of sympathy.

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