DETECTIVES are appealing for information to help trace a car involved in the murder of Michael Beaton on Sunday evening.
The 35-year-old was found with serious injuries on Drumfrochar Road, Greenock, and died in hospital a few hours later.
He was struck with a car and then attacked with a bladed weapon. Officers say the vehicle was a white Audi Q2 which is believed to be accident-damaged.
Detective Chief Inspector Lynsey Watters, from the Major Investigations Team (West), said: “Extensive enquiries are being carried out to establish the exact circumstances of Mr Beaton’s death and I am appealing to anyone who saw the car around the time of the incident, or has any information that could help us in tracing it to get in touch.
“This was an extremely violent attack that has shocked the local community. I would like to reassure those living in the area that everything possible is being done to trace those responsible and that there will be an increased police presence in the area while enquiries continue.
“I would urge anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant it may seem, to contact us. I’d also ask people to check their dashcam and ring-doorbell footage in case they have captured something on it which could be vital to our inquiry.”
Alternatively, anyone with information can contact police via 101 quoting incident number 2790 of 26 November, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where anonymity can be maintained.