A MURDER inquiry has been launched following an attack on an 82-year-old woman in her home.
Mary Logie was pronounced dead at the scene by the ambulance service after being discovered in her living room in Leven, Fife, at about 8pm on Tuesday.
Police Scotland said she had suffered head injuries but there were no signs of a break-in at the property in the Green Gates area.
The pensioner, described as “capable and independent” by investigating officers, was seen at 8am on Tuesday by neighbours and had planned to visit a friend in hospital. Police are keen to establish whether she left her home at any point during the day.
Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie said: “This was a brutal attack on a defenceless 82-year-old woman in the safety of her own home.
“It’s been treated as a murder investigation from the very outset because of what was found in the house once the neighbour raised the alarm.
“There’s was enough evidence within the house that Mary had been the victim of a quite horrific crime.”
DCI Hardie said Ms Logie was found by a neighbour who went to check on her after failing to reach her by phone.
He added: “To establish a motive would take us a big step further forward, for sure. My own opinion is that there is a motivation around theft, but until we’ve completed the forensic examination of the house we won’t be able to say if there is anything missing.
“Forsensics are the key. We locked the house down and carried out forensic inquiries to identify any evidence of any other person being present.
“It’s too early to say if there’s anything missing from the house, but I’m quite happy there’s no signs of forced entry.
“I spoke to the son this morning and I don’t think he’s quite taken it in yet. Mary visited her family over the Christmas period, so it wasn’t long since they had seen her. It will take a long time for that to sink in – the enormity of what’s happened.”
Mrs Logie, who had two sons and a daughter living outside Scotland, was described as a regular church-goer who would receive a number of visitors from the community.
In a statement released through the police, her family said: “Mary (Rae) Logie, a beloved mother, grandmother and friend will be sadly missed.
“She was born, bred and lived in the Leven area all her life.
“The family are assisting the police in the investigation and wish to be left alone at this difficult time.”
Police are carrying out door-to-door inquiries in the local area.
Chief Inspector Adrian Annandale, local area commander for north-east Fife, said: “This incident will undoubtedly leave the local community both shocked and deeply angry and I want to assure the public that we are doing everything we can to identify whoever is responsible.
“Crimes of this nature are extremely rare, both within Leven and across Fife. However, we recognise the impact this will have on local residents and we are utilising all resources at our disposal to bring Mary’s killer to justice.”