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Man, 79, charged with murder after death of doctor more than 40 years ago

Dr Brenda Page was found dead in her flat in Allan Street, Aberdeen, on July 14 1978.

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Brenda Page was found dead in her flat in Allan Street, Aberdeen, on July 14 1978 (Police Scotland/PA)

Brenda Page was found dead in her flat in Allan Street, Aberdeen, on July 14 1978 (Police Scotland/PA)

Brenda Page was found dead in her flat in Allan Street, Aberdeen, on July 14 1978 (Police Scotland/PA)

An elderly man has been charged with murder after the death of a doctor more than 40 years ago.

Dr Brenda Page was found dead in her flat in Allan Street, Aberdeen, on July 14 1978.

She worked in the genetics department at the University of Aberdeen Medical School from 1973 until her death at the age of 32.

The case was brought back for reinvestigation six years ago and on Tuesday police confirmed a 79-year-old man had been arrested and charged.

Christopher Harrisson appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Wednesday, when he was charged with murder.

He made no plea and was committed for further examination then released on bail.

Detective Inspector Gary Winter, of Police Scotland’s major investigation team, said: “A number of people have contacted police to provide information following our appeal yesterday.

“I would like to thank them for their assistance, along with all those who have helped with the investigation so far.”

He added: “I continue to urge anyone who believes they may have information relevant to the inquiry and has not yet spoken to the police to get in touch as soon as possible.

“I also ask any previous witnesses from 1978, or from the subsequent review from 2014 onwards, who have changed their contact address or telephone numbers to get in touch and update us.

“Please call 101 quoting reference number 479 of 17 March or e-mail SCDHOLMESAberdeen@scotland.pnn.police.uk”

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