Police in Fife insisted they are still treating the death of a Dunfermline man in his own home as “unexplained” – more than three days after he was found.
Officers descended on Cleish Place at around 7.20pm on Saturday evening and found 67-year-old Andrew Sharp dead within his ground floor flat.
But despite the sizeable police presence in and around the street in the hours that followed the discovery, there was no further update from police about the nature of their investigation.
A Police Scotland spokesperson would only confirm: “The death is currently being treated as unexplained pending further inquiries.”
Scenes of crime officers were working in and outside the block of four flats near the entrance to Cleish Place overnight on Saturday and throughout the day on Sunday, while both plain clothed and uniformed officers also stood guard at the scene over the weekend.
A police presence remained until Monday morning, when officers left the property having apparently concluded their forensic examination of the scene.
It is understood that Mr Sharp’s body was not removed from the flat until late on Sunday afternoon, prompting speculation that foul play may have been involved.
However, police have so far not issued any appeals for witnesses or any other information since the discovery.
The incident has left the community of Abbeyview shocked, and echoes what happened in the area just eight months ago when 39-year-old Duncan Banks was found dead in his property in Skye Road.
Mr Banks’ body was discovered on the evening Monday, September 28, sparking an extensive investigation led by detectives from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team.
A post-mortem was subsequently carried out and police confirmed two days later that Mr Banks’ death was being treated as murder.