MURDER CASE IS REOPENED
Police look again at Caroline killing evidence
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