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Sister of murdered Lee Duncan marks birthday

Lee Duncan
Image caption Lee Duncan's body was found in a flat in the Tollcross area of Edinburgh

The sister of a man found murdered in his home has spoken of the impact of his death on the day he would have celebrated his 32nd birthday.

Lee Duncan's body was found in his flat in Lauriston Place in Edinburgh on 25 February. His family has appealed for help to catch his killer.

Police have also set up a confidential phone line for anyone with information.

They now want to speak to four young men who were seen outside the flat the day before Mr Duncan's body was found.

His sister Melanie Purdie said: "The fact he is not around to celebrate his birthday today is particularly hard for all of us.

"It has been over three months since Lee was murdered and we are desperate for any breakthrough that would allow police to catch his killer.

"He was a soft-natured character who would never hurt a soul, and that is what makes his death all the harder to come to terms with.

"I am certain that someone out there knows what happened to Lee, and I am appealing directly to them to call the police and tell them what they know.

"Our family accepts that Lee has gone forever but we need justice to be done if we are to have any kind of closure."

'Keen to eliminate'

Four men, aged from about 17 to 19, were seen speaking together outside the entrance to the building at about 1515 GMT on Thursday 24 February.

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie, of Lothian and Borders Police, said: "At this time we have no information to suggest that these individuals are in any way linked to Lee's murder, however we are keen to eliminate them from our inquiries."

One of the men is described as 5ft 5ins (1.65m), of slim and athletic build and with shaved dark hair. He wore dark blue baggy jeans, a grey sweatshirt and white trainers. He was holding a white carrier bag.

A second man was between 5ft 6ins (1.68m) and 5ft 8ins (1.73m), of slim build with shaved dark hair, hard facial features and dark stubble.

He wore dark blue, baggy stonewash jeans, a dark rain jacket, a blue jumper and tan-coloured Timberland boots.

Police have no descriptions of the other two men.

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