Police Scotland today made an appeal for more help in the Darryl Fitch murder case.
Fitch, a 43 year-old man from the Paisley area was found dead in shallow water in the river Gryffe near to Crosslea Road, Bridge of Weir on Monday 13th July 2015.
A post mortem examination revealed Darryl had sustained significant injuries.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Boyd of the Major Investigation Team, said today: “It is believed Darryl and a friend had been camping and perhaps fishing in the area between Friday 10 and Monday 13 July. Darryl’s friend was also found with a significant leg injury, required hospital treatment but has now been discharged and is engaging with Police to establish the exact cause of Darryl’s death and how he sustained his own injury.
“A Major Incident Room is well established at Govan Police Office, with a significant police presence remaining in the Bridge of Weir area by Local officers and specialist detectives from the Major Investigation Team.
“The investigation began on Monday 13th July 2015 and has involved a team of over 20 specialist staff in both forensic evidence retrieval and search. This is in addition to over 30 experienced detectives who remain committed to the enquiry and at various times have been supported by over 30 uniformed staff from the local and surrounding divisions.
“Opportunities have been taken to revisit both the local town of Bridge of Weir and also the pathways surrounding the area of the river Gryffe where Darryl‘s body was found in order to identify potential witnesses.
“Information is still needed about Darryl and his friends and associates, including information on their movements over the weekend of Friday 10th and Monday 13th July.
“Targeted social media opportunities have been used in an effort to identify and reach out to individuals who have an online profile and who reside in the local area to encourage them to contact police. To date over 134.000 Facebook users have encountered our sponsored posts concerning this investigation.
“The response from the community those in the community has been encouraging – however, more information is required.
“I would appeal to anyone with information about Darryl’s friends and associates, his movements over that weekend or anyone with information of who would use that area of water and for what purpose to contact Police Scotland.”
Police Scotland said they will continue to provide a high visibility presence in the area, providing reassurance to residents and acting as a first point of contact for anyone who feels they may have information which can help with the ongoing investigation.
If anyone has information please contact Police Scotland Officers on 101. Alternatively contact CRIMESTOPPERS on 0800 555 111 where information can be given in confidence.