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Operation Newlane

Police Scotland is appealing for information following the murder of 65-year-old Brian Low in Aberfeldy on Saturday, 17 February, 2024.

Details of Incident



Three weeks on from the murder of Brian Low in Aberfeldy, detectives have spoken to 145 people as part of a local operation to gather further information after he was fatally shot.

Around 8.30am on Saturday, 17 February, 2024, the 65-year-old's body was discovered in the Pitilie area on the outskirts of the town. His black Labrador was found safe and well by his side.

The Major Investigation Team stopped 118 vehicles and 18 pedestrians between 6.30am and 8.30am on Saturday, 9 March. Officers were located on the remote path where Brian was found, the A827 north of Aberfeldy, and A826 in the town’s centre between the crossroads at Crieff Road and Kenmore Street.

Detective Superintendent Lorna Ferguson, of the Major Investigation Team, said:

"Extensive enquiries into Brian's death are continuing and I would urgently appeal to anyone with information who has not already spoken with us to please do so.

"We have carried out a number of additional lines of enquiry in the last few days and it's important we remain open-minded about a possible motive in this case.

"Incidents like this are thankfully extremely rare and we understand the significant impact this has had on the people of Aberfeldy. We are confident the answer to this investigation lies within the local community. Somebody knows something. Even if you feel the information you hold is not important, we would still ask you to contact us. It could be crucial to getting the answers we need for Brian's family.

"Anyone in the surrounding area with dash cam, private CCTV or doorbell footage from near the time of his death is asked to speak with the inquiry team.

"We are fully committed to tracing whoever is responsible as soon as possible. There will continue to be a significant police presence in the area while our investigation is ongoing. This includes uniformed and plain-clothed officers from division and the Major Investigation Team. We are still carrying out door-to-door enquiries and speaking with local business owners.

"Anyone with concerns or questions is encouraged to approach these officers or call 101 for advice.

"Brian's family are obviously completely devastated and heartbroken by what has happened. They are still being supported by specialist officers and wish their privacy to be respected.

"It’s absolutely vital we find who did this, and we need the ongoing support of the public as our enquiries continue. If you know anything that could help, please get in touch."

This Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) link has been set up to enable the public to submit information directly to the inquiry team.

You can also call 101, quoting reference number 0884 of Saturday, 17 February 2024. Information can also be shared anonymously through the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Contact Information

Anyone who has any information in connection with the incident (including footage) can contact Police on either 101 quoting incident number 0884 of Saturday, 17 February, 2024,  Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or alternatively by submitting information via the link at the bottom of this page.