Following the conviction today (Thursday May 18, 2017) of Michael Taylor, 71, for the murder of 60-year-old Elizabeth Muir, or Mackay, in the Hilton area of Inverness on March 31, 2016, Police Scotland has released the following statement:
Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie of Police Scotland's Major Investigation Team, who led the inquiry, said: "We welcome today's conviction of Michael Taylor following the death of Elizabeth within her home at Inverness last year.
"It was clear from the outset that Elizabeth had suffered a violent attack at the hands of a person who then tried to evade capture by police. She made great efforts to defend herself, but it was sadly not enough.
"Subsequently the full resources of Police Scotland were used to identify and trace Taylor. This involved a wealth of forensic work, extensive proactive policing and invaluable assistance and information from members of the public to result in today's conviction.
"I can only hope that this outcome, which I know may not provide Elizabeth's family and friends with any closure, can help them begin to move on with their lives. Our thoughts are with them today."