O course it is difficult to know what may have been going on behind the scenes in relation to the police investigation into the murder of Alistair Wilson in November 2004, very close to where I have my home in Nairn, but this announcement from Northern Constabulary is, regrettably, perhaps inevitable.
My only, somewhat forlorn, hope is that the police have other information, perhaps circumstantial, and they hope to 'smoke the cuplrit out' by giving him/her a false sense of security by thinking that the trail has gone cold and that the crime may therefore remain unsolved. No harm in hoping, I suppose, but it may be that the police statement just has to be taken at face value.
My most recent previous article on the murder is here. There are links to all my posts on this murder, so close to where I live, in the right-hand column under the heading 'Murder in Nairn' articles.