Detectives investigating the murder of Steven Brown are today (Monday, February 11) carrying out door-to-door enquiries in response to new information that has emerged regarding a key aspect of the reinvestigation into his death.
The 35-year-old was found lying dead in a field near Elphinstone, Tranent, on the morning of Sunday February 21, 1999. He had been badly beaten and stabbed several times.
Last month, Lothian and Borders Police confirmed his murder was being reinvestigated, and over the past three weeks detectives have been conducting a range of enquiries in the Tranent area.
In particular, officers have been investigating the circumstances of a reported disturbance in Kerr Road that happened the night before Steven’s body was discovered, involving a large number of men and women, in which Steven was also believed to be involved.
These enquiries now suggest that a large group of people were seen entering Kings Road in two vehicles prior to the disturbance, which happened around midnight. Police believe that this group were directly involved in the incident, and as a consequence, that more people were involved in Steven’s death than originally thought.
As a result of this previously unknown information, officers will be carrying out door-to-door enquiries in the Kings Road area today, in a bid to gather fresh information and trace potential witnesses.
In addition to this line of enquiry, detectives working on the case have also located forensic evidence dating back to 1999, which has been sent away for re-examination.
Detective Inspector Gary Boyd, from Lothian and Borders Police, said: “The information regarding the presence of two vehicles in Kings Road prior to the disturbance in Kerr Road has only just emerged, and we are following up on this particular line of enquiry through house-to-house visits taking place today.
“A number of other lines of enquiry are also being actively pursued, including a re-examination of forensic evidence which we hope will yield fresh information that can assist our enquiries.”
DI Boyd continued: “We have had a fantastic response from the local community as we seek to solve Steven’s murder, and we would urge anyone with any information that can assist us to come forward.
“Information can be passed on anonymously through a confidential telephone hotline direct to the police incident room, or by email. I would also remind people that the charity Crimestoppers is offering a £5000 reward for anyone who can offer information leading to a prosecution, again on an anonymous basis.
“We remain as determined as ever to achieve justice for Steven’s family, and we would ask anyone who has information regarding his murder to ask themselves whether they can continue to deny his family the justice they deserve after 14 years.”
Anyone with any information can contact the confidential hotline on 0131 311 5972, or email OperationThermal@lbp.pnn.police.uk
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111.