By Sam Whyte
A FAMILY who have fought for answers surrounding their son’s death have asked people with information to come directly to them and ignore the police entirely.
Kevin McLeod, 24, was found in Wick Harbour more than 15 years ago and the circumstances surrounding his death have never been confirmed.
A post-mortem showed he suffered abdominal injuries before entering the water but Kevin’s uncle Allan believes those in charge are withholding information.
He has now taken to Facebook appealing to anyone that might hold the answers to solving the mystery as he no longer trusts Northern Constabulary.
He said: “We believe that someone is withholding (information) or protecting those responsible.
“I believe that with the passage of time and broken friendships some people may be more willing to come forward.”
The message on the social media page asks that “anyone with information regarding this horrific crime, however insignificant it may appear” should contact the family directly.
It also reads: “Please do not contact Northern Constabulary with any information.”
Kevin was found in the waters of Wick Harbour on 9 February 1997 after a night out with friends to celebrate his future wedding.
Two investigations have still not provided the McLeod family with answers.
A fatal accident inquiry in 1998 returned an open verdict which confirms there was a suspicious death but does not explain the cause.
The post-mortem results that showed Kevin suffered injuries were gained through a Freedom Of Information request although the results were said to be edited.
The cost of the police investigation so far is said to be more than £290,000.
In 2002, the investigation was reviewed by Andrew Cameron, chief constable of Central Scotland Police, who found shortcomings and said it was wrong to dismiss it as an accident.
In 2007, Northern Constabulary was criticised by Jim Martin, the Police Complaints Commissioner for Scotland, for its “institutional arrogance” in handling complaints from Kevin’s family.
The appeal specifically asks anyone with information to contact the family rather than Northern Constabulary.