MUR­DER CASE IS RE­OPENED

Po­lice look again at Caro­line killing ev­i­dence

Lennox Herald - - FRONT PAGE - Marc McLean

De­tec­tives are set to re-ex­am­ine foren­sic ev­i­dence in the un­solved mur­der of Caro­line Glachan – 20 years on from her bru­tal killing.

To­day (Wed­nes­day) marks the 20th an­niver­sary of the date the Bon­hill teenager’s bat­tered body was found in the River Leven. Po­lice Scot­land have con­firmed they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case again - and it is un­der­stood ev­i­dence has been moved from Dum­bar­ton Po­lice Of­fice to the foren­sic lab at the Scot­tish Crime Cam­pus in Glas­gow. De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim Kerr, who is in charge of the Homi­cide Gover­nance and Re­view Team at Po­lice Scot­land, is more op­ti­mistic about clues be­ing found this time around.

De­tec­tives will once again at­tempt to catch the killer of schoolgirl Caro­line Glachan - on the 20th an­niver­sary of her bru­tal mur­der.

The 14-year-old girl’s bat­tered body was found in the River Leven on Au­gust 24, 1996.

Po­lice Scot­land have con­firmed they are re-ex­am­in­ing the case - and it is un­der­stood ev­i­dence has been moved from Dum­bar­ton Po­lice Of­fice to the foren­sic lab at the Scot­tish Crime Cam­pus in Glas­gow.

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim Kerr, who is in charge of the Homi­cide Gover­nance and Re­view Team at Po­lice Scot­land, is more op­ti­mistic about clues be­ing found this time around.

He said: “There are now ground­break­ing ad­vances in foren­sic science and we have al­ready reaped the re­wards of that in a num­ber of other un­re­solved cases.

“Foren­sic work is a ma­jor fac­tor in get­ting that done. We are re­ex­am­in­ing what the po­lice seized 20 years ago.

“The ev­i­dence would have been ex­am­ined to the ca­pa­bil­i­ties the po­lice and the foren­sic ser­vices had in 1996, but ob­vi­ously there is a sig­nif­i­cant sea-change as far as ex­am­in­ing th­ese ar­ti­cles is con­cerned now.

“That would get us mi­nus­cule el­e­ments of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion we were un­able to get 20 or even 10 years ago.”

He added: “This case is not go­ing away for the po­lice.

“It is one of our top pri­or­i­ties and is never far away from the fore­front of our thoughts.”

Po­lice Scot­land will also be stag­ing a media event in Bon­hill on Mon­day to raise the pro­file of the un­solved case once again.

Caro­line, 14, had left her home in Bon­hill and was walk­ing to­wards her boyfriend’s house in Ren­ton when she was vi­o­lently at­tacked.

The schoolgirl’s body was found par­tially in the wa­ter near to the Black Bridge in a case that hor­ri­fied Scot­land.

Caro­line’s mum Mar­garet McKeitch has bat­tled for jus­tice over the past two decades.

Ear­lier this year Mar­garet told the Len­nox Her­ald she would not find clo­sure un­til her daugh­ter’s killer was brought to jus­tice.

She said: “I thought that by this time some­one would have been caught and made to pay for what they did.

“Twenty years is a long time but to me it’s all still so fresh in my mind. It’s al­ways there and al­ways will be un­til they catch who­ever is re­spon­si­ble. I need that clo­sure. The pain isn’t any less but the hop­ing gets harder and harder to keep up.

“It was easier in the be­gin­ning but when it gets this far down the line it’s harder to have the hope that some­one will be caught.

“And that’s what keeps me go­ing. If I don’t have that pos­i­tive way of think­ing then I don’t have any­thing.”

DS Kerr said: “The mur­der of Caro­line Glachan re­mains an im­por­tant in­ves­ti­ga­tion for Po­lice Scot­land.

“Caro­line’s mur­der in 1996 is pe­ri­od­i­cally as­sessed by the Homi­cide Gover­nance and Re­view as an un­re­solved mur­der case.

“As al­ways, we would wel­come any new in­for­ma­tion that could as­sist this in­ves­ti­ga­tion. I would urge any­one with in­for­ma­tion on Caro­line’s mur­der to con­tact us on 101.

“Al­ter­na­tively, Crimestop­pers can be con­tacted on 0800 555 111, where anonymity can be main­tained.”

Twenty years is a long time but it’s al­ways there and will be un­til they catch who­ever is re­spon­si­ble Mar­garet McKeith There are now ground­break­ing ad­vances in foren­sic science. We’re re-ex­am­in­ing what the po­lice seized 20 years ago. DS Jim Kerr

Tragic Caro­line was aged 14 when her body was found

Tragic Caro­line pic­tured with best friend Joanne Men­zies shortly be­fore she was mur­dered in Alexan­dria

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