The family of a man found dead at an Aberdeen market have demanded answers from prosecutors, saying they cannot grieve until they have them.
Pensioner Frank Finnie was found dead at Aberdeen Indoor Market this summer – and his body could have lain undiscovered there for two days.
Five months on, the 80-year-old’s son Keith said the health of his mother Iris – Finnie’s widow – has deteriorated and the family want to know if any legal action will be taken as a result of investigations.
Keith, 44, of Kingswells said: “The investigation has been going on now since my dad died in June and we are feeling frustrated there hasn’t been more progress.
“We as a family are still finding it very difficult to deal with as there have been no answers as to why this could possibly happen.
“The family are struggling to come to terms with what happened because of this.
“My 78-year-old mum’s health has deteriorated since my dad’s death, which is a huge worry for my brother and me, along with the rest of the family.
“None of us can begin to grieve properly until we get answers.
“We understand there is a complex process to go through with the investigation, but it doesn’t make it any easier for us. To us it’s black and white.”
Mr Finnie left his home on June 7 and travelled by bus into the city centre.
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He walked into Aberdeen Indoor Market, passed through a fire door and then suffered fatal injuries.
His body was not found until June 9, when police who had studied CCTV footage, tracked down Mr Finnie to the market.
The death certificate said he had died due to “head and neck injuries”.
Aberdeen City Council initially investigated the tragedy with the support of Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
They also sought the advice of the market’s owner Rockspring and its management firm Groupe Geraud.
Keith said police have provided him and his loved ones with some updates in recent months but there is nothing conclusive.
He added: “All we want is for some kind of resolution so we can all grieve.”
A Crown Office spokesman said: “The procurator fiscal has received a report in connection with the death of an 80-year-old man in Aberdeen on June 9.
“The investigation into the death, under the direction of the health and safety division, is ongoing and the family will continue to be kept updated in relation to any significant developments.”