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Operation Rimau

Suspicious Death, Industrial Unit, Whitehill Road, Glenrothes, Fife.

Details of Incident

On 27th September 2020 the remains of a man were found in an Industrial unit on Whitehill Road, Whitehill Industrial Estate, Glenrothes Fife. Following extensive enquiries, including the release of a facial reconstruction created by experts at Liverpool John Moores University, the identity of the remains can be confirmed as being that of 61 year old Ean Coutts who lived in the village of Kinglassie.

His death is being treated as suspicious and enquiries into what happened to Mr Coutts are ongoing, including searches of a number of addresses in the Glenrothes and Kinglassie areas. His family have been informed and are being supported by specialist officers.


A 30 year old man has been arrested in connection with the death and released pending further enquiries.


Police Scotland are now appealing for any information that assist the investigation.

Detective Chief Inspector Kevin Houliston, from Police Scotland's Major Investigation Team, said: "We received a significant number of responses following release of the facial reconstruction and I would like to thank all those who contacted us.


“This has allowed us to identify the man as Ean Coutts and my thoughts are with his family at this time. Ean had lived in Kinglassie for a number of years and was well known in the village.

"We are treating his death as suspicious and officers will be carrying out enquiries in and around the Kinglassie and Glenrothes areas as part of our ongoing investigation.

“It is vital that we establish the events leading up to his death to provide answers to his family.


"I am appealing to anyone who knew Ean, who may have had any contact with him from around August, 2019, and anyone who has information that could assist with our investigation to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Contact Information

Anyone who can help is asked to make contact by calling 101, quoting incident number 2692 of Sunday, 27 September, 2019 or emailing


Alternatively, anyone wishing to pass information anonymously can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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