DETECTIVES investigating the murder of 80-year-old Perthshire woman Jenny Methven have reached a “critical stage” in their enquiry.
The news means a planned reconstruction on BBC show Crimewatch has been axed.
Tayside police have withdrawal an appeal from the BBC show Crimewatch
The pensioner was found dead by her son David at within the cottage they shared in at Kildinny Farm, Forteviot. She had suffered fatal injuries to her head and body.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Gall, who is leading the investigation, said this morning: “Whilst I am not in a position to elaborate any further at this time, I can confirm that there have been further developments this week and our enquiry has now reached a critical stage.
“As a consequence of this we will not be in a position to make an appeal on Crimewatch tonight as had been planned. We are hugely appreciative of the assistance given to us by everyone involved with the programme.
“They fully understand that we have had to take this decision so as to avoid any potential prejudice of future proceedings. We are in close liaison with Jenny’s family and ensuring they are aware of any further developments in the case.”
Tayside Police is still appealing for anyone with information that can assist the Jenny Methven Murder Enquiry to contact them.
People can call the dedicated line, which is Perth (01738) 892925 which directs callers straight to the Enquiry Team during normal office hours and to the Force Communications Centre outwith office hours.
Alternatively they can contact the Force Communications Centre on the single non-emergency number 0300 111 2222, or speak to any officer.
Information can also be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. There is a £10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for Mrs Methven’s murder.