Glasgow & West Scotland

Murder probe after roadside death

Stuart Walker was last seen alive two hours before his body was discovered
Image caption Stuart Walker was last seen alive two hours before his body was discovered

A murder inquiry has been launched following the discovery of a 28-year-old man's body by the side of a road in Ayrshire, police have said.

Stuart Walker, of Hearth Place in Cumnock, was found at the Caponacre Industrial Estate in the town at 04:50 on Saturday.

Det Insp John Hogg said Mr Walker had been with friends earlier in the night.

He was last seen alive by a family friend near the fire station in Glaisnock Street at about 02:30.

The police officer said: "It is imperative that we find out where he was between 02:30 and 04:50 hours, who he was with and why this happened to him.

"From our inquiries so far, we understand that there may have been a number of house parties in the nearby Netherthird housing estate in the early hours of the morning - between 02:00 and 03:00 hours.

"At this time we do not know if these parties are linked to our investigation or not, so again, any information on that is important."