Police searched for an 85-year-old man’s corpse for three days before discovering it in his crashed-out automobile, which had automatically dialled 999.
On the A887 road close to Invermoriston, Inverness-shire, Scotland, John Winton McNab was found.
More than 48 hours after he was reported missing from Perth on Friday, September 16, police were sent to the area and ultimately discovered him dead in his Mercedes.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) is looking into the pensioner’s death and will forward its findings to the Crown Office.
Two days after the alarm was raised over his absence, his automobile transmitted an SOS call.
The technology that has been included in all new automobiles since 2017 immediately dialled 999 when the car crashed, according to a source.
Despite police efforts, it took three days to find the automobile, by which time the victim had already died tragically.
The family of Mr. McNab expressed their gratitude to everyone who contributed to the attempt to find Winton, saying that they “greatly value” their work.
His passing has drawn comparisons to the 2015 deaths of Lamara Bell and John Yuill, whose corpses were not found for three days despite police being informed.
On the M9, their automobile had wrecked after going over an embankment.
“This seems like a horrible tragedy for another family, which of course brings back awful memories for us,” Ms. Bell’s son James McMillan said. The parallels are mind-boggling.
We obviously do not know the details of this occurrence, so I hope a thorough investigation is being conducted while the family is being supported.
The Highland and Islands Road Policing Unit’s Sergeant David Miller said: “Our investigations into the facts of what occurred are ongoing, and our sympathies are with John’s family and friends.”
I’d like to make a call to the police and ask anybody who may have seen John’s grey Mercedes B class between Friday, September 16, and Sunday, September 18.
According to a PIRC spokesperson, we are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of an 86-year-old man close to Inverness on the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service’s orders.
Police Scotland’s representative said, “It would be inappropriate to comment more as the case has been submitted to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.”
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