Police re-open Tranent murder investigation

Steven Brown

Steven Brown

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Lothian and Borders Police has launched a major reinvestigation into the murder of an East Lothian man that took place over a decade ago.

Steven Brown (35) 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.

Witnesses at the time reported hearing a disturbance in nearby Kerr Road, Tranent, around midnight the previous evening, involving a large group of men and women. Officers believe Mr Brown may have been involved, and may have sustained his injuries during this disturbance.

Officers are now are re-examining a number of lines of enquiry in relation to the murder including:

* Revisiting key locations and areas that may be of significance

* Re-interviewing key witnesses

* Conducting widespread door-to-door enquiries

* Speaking to local residents

Officers will also be reinvestigating the reported disturbance from the night before Steven’s body was found.

Lothian and Borders Police is working along with the charity Crimestoppers as part of the reinvestigation, and Crimestoppers have offered a £5000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible.

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