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Last Updated: Saturday, 27 August 2005, 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK
Rory family leave moving tribute
Rory' Blackhall's family laying flowers
Rory's family laid flowers near the spot where his body was found
The family of murdered schoolboy Rory Blackhall have laid flowers near the spot where his body was found.

Russell Blackhall, 42, wife Michelle, 41, and Rory's 14-year-old brother Conal spent 15 minutes looking at other tributes at the scene in Livingston.

Rory's mother cried as she read messages to the 11-year-old which had been left by other people.

The visit came ahead of a news conference where police are expected to announce a significant development.

On Friday police issued an appeal for help in tracing five people following a re-construction of his final journey.

Rory's family laid a bunch of thistles and lavender, tied with a tartan ribbon.

The card read: "Rory Pory, you are always with us in our thoughts and in our hearts.

'Wee Rory'

"Our wee Rory, we love you."

Rory Blackhall

Police said they received an "encouraging" public response following the re-enactment of the moment Rory was dropped off for school by his mother.

Officers said they wanted to speak to two men described as "vagrant types" who were seen walking 100 yards south of the underpass on Nellburn Pass on Thursday.

On Wednesday, a father walking his children to school saw a man dressed in black who came out of the woods near Westwood Park, near where Rory's body was found.

And on Saturday last week a dog walker noticed smoke coming from woods near Dechmont Law at 6.30am and saw a teenage boy and another male sitting around a large campfire.

Flower tributes

Around 800 calls have been made to police since the murder investigation began on Tuesday morning.

Well-wishers have continued to place flowers at the shrine to the youngster.

One card said: "Rory, we don't know why yet but we will find the answer.

"Rest peacefully with the angels, God will take care of you now."

Another said: "One thousand words couldn't explain how sad and angry we feel.

"We hope you are at peace with the angels."

Another card which had been left with a bunch of flowers simply asked "WHY?".




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