Tayside and Central Scotland

Jenny Methven murder: Lorry drivers come forward

Vehicles police want to trace
Image caption The lorry drivers have both come forward, but police still want to find the three cars

The drivers of two lorries caught on CCTV near the Perthshire cottage where an 80-year-woman was murdered have come forward, police have said.

Both lorries were seen close to Forteviot on 20 February - the day Jenny Methven was violently attacked.

Detectives said the drivers had now been "excluded from the investigation".

They are still trying to trace the drivers of three other vehicles that were captured on CCTV nearby on the day Mrs Methven was killed.

The widow was found dead in the kitchen of her home at Kildinny Cottage, about a mile east of Forteviot, at about 17:15 on 20 February by her son, David. She had been beaten on the head and body.

Tayside Police said she was last heard from at 10:30 that morning when she ended a phone call with a friend, telling her she could hear a vehicle reversing up the driveway to her cottage.

Det Ch Insp Colin Gall, who is leading the inquiry said: ''We were delighted that the two men came forward to make themselves known to us. Moreover, we were overwhelmed by the public response to our appeal in relation to the CCTV images.

Image caption Jenny Methven was violently attacked in the kitchen of her cottage

''Not only did the inquiry team and the force communications centre receive a flood of calls from the public, one of the lorry drivers said he had been effectively pulled over on more than one occasion by people who recognised his vehicle."

The two drivers now eliminated from the inquiry were driving an articulated lorry with a white cab and red side curtain, and a red Scania cab with log trailer.

But police still want to find the drivers of three other cars captured on CCTV nearby:

  • A small silver car heading towards Dunning
  • A black vehicle travelling behind a tractor and trailer heading towards Forteviot from Bridge of Earn
  • A silver hatchback car, which travelled behind a bus from the Forgandenny and Forteviot direction to Bridge of Earn

All the cars where in the area between 10:00 and 11:00 on 20 February.

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