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Last Updated: Monday, 27 August 2007, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK
Loyal dog returns to murder scene
John Devine's father took Chico back to the park
Detectives investigating the murder of man whose body was found in a park six weeks ago have returned to the crime scene with his pet dog.

John Devine, 45, was discovered dead in Cowlairs Park near to Keppochhill Road in Glasgow on 16 July.

Police believe his dog, a Staffordshire bull terrier cross called Chico, stayed with the body for three or four days before returning home.

Investigators hope the sight of Chico may prompt witnesses to come forward.

It is thought Mr Devine, who was known as Jake, may have lain dead in the park for several days before his body was discovered.

John Devine
Mr Devine's body was found in the park last month

Jake's father, also named John Devine, walked Chico around the park on Monday in an attempt to jog memories.

The 72-year-old said: "I hope that somebody saw something suspicious about the place and may report it.

"All I want to do is lay my boy to rest."

Det Ch Insp Ricky Mason, the officer in charge of the investigation, said his team was still trying to establish exactly when Jake was last seen alive.

He said: "We know that he entered Cowlairs Park around 2030 BST on Tuesday 10 July.

Taking Chico back to the scene may prompt the memories of the local community or passers-by
Det Ch Insp Ricky Mason

"We do not know if he left the park that night and returned at a later date or whether it was sometime that evening that he was killed.

"We have an unconfirmed sighting of Jake in Pinkston Road on the afternoon of Wednesday 11 July.

"He was seen crossing the road and a vehicle had to brake sharply to avoid hitting him. I would appeal to this driver to come forward."

The chief inspector described Mr Devine as a loner who was always with his dog.

He added: "Taking Chico back to the scene may prompt the memories of the local community or passers-by who perhaps saw him either with Jake or alone at the park."

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