DETECTIVES investigating the death of Wynyard solicitor Peter Maine have released new CCTV footage in a bid to trace witnesses who are yet to come forward.
The footage shows a couple walking on North Bank, in Durham City, towards Baths Bridge, from the direction of the city.
The man is in dark long-sleeved top and dark trousers and the woman dark trousers and a red long-sleeved top.
Durham Police’s Detective Inspector Lyn Peart, co-ordinating the investigation, said: “We know this couple walked along towards where Mr Maine was found and left the Maiden Castle area as the ambulance arrived.
“We are yet to speak to this couple and would encourage them to contact us.”
Police would also like to speak to a number of other witnesses, including a runner who was in the area of Maiden Castle car park around 8.15am, who wore a red long-sleeved top and black shorts and was running with two black Labrador-sized dogs.
They would also like to speak to a cyclist seen cycling on North Bank towards Baths Bridge around 8am.
The cyclist arrived in the Maiden Castle area around 8.10am before riding over the bridge onto the playing fields.
He wore a black long sleeved top, long black bottoms, white/light coloured cap and white/light coloured footwear.
The final witness police want to trace is a man who was walking on the riverside path at Maiden Castle on the Sherburn side of the river in the direction of Shincliffe around 7.50am.
He is described as being in his mid-20s, 5ft 10in tall, of medium build with short very dark thick hair, wearing a dark top and black combat style trousers with pockets on the side.
Officers launched a murder-style investigation into Mr Maine’s death on Sunday, September 1.
The 56-year-old dad-of-two was found with several stab wounds on a path near Maiden Castle Sports Centre.
In the weeks since the death of Mr Maine, who had worked for Hall and Co LLP in Easington Colliery, specialist teams have conducted meticulous searches of the area around Maiden Castle and detectives have interviewed more than 70 witnesses to determine the circumstances of Mr Maine’s death.
An inquest is due to open on Thursday.
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.