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Dec 18th, 2018

Police officer found dead in Carnoustie's Barry Burn

Grim discovery made Sunday 12.30pm

The man found dead in a burn beside Carnoustie’s famous golf course was a police officer, sources said today.

Tributes have been paid to PC Dean Morrison, of Police Scotland’s Tayside Division. His body was found in Barry Burn, near Carnoustie Golf Hotel, around 12.40pm on Sunday.

Police earlier said there are no apparent suspicious circumstances surrounding his death but that it is being treated as unexplained. They also appealed for a taxi driver who had dropped off PC Morrison in Carnoustie on Saturday night to come forward.

PC Morrison had served with Tayside Police for 16 years. Senior officers described Dean, who served his entire career in Dundee, as a “highly respected officer” Police, firefighters, paramedics and an RNLI lifeboat responded to reports of a man being found at the scene on Sunday afternoon.

PC Morrison’s body was recovered during the three hour operation. Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd, Divisional Commander for Tayside Division said: “Dean was a highly respected officer, who was extremely well liked and popular with his colleagues.

“His death is a great tragedy and he will be sadly missed by all who knew him and we will do all we can to support them during this distressing time."

DI Birnie added: “We need to speak to a taxi driver who we believe picked him up at 11.13pm on Saturday 15 December in Fort Street/Brook Street in Broughty Ferry and dropped him off in Carnoustie.

“The taxi was a black people carrier style vehicle, with a sliding rear door and an orange light on the roof. “If this was you, or you know the identity of the taxi driver, then we need to speak to you urgently.

“Please get in touch with us on 101 quoting reference 1960 of 16 December.” 

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