New leads in hunt for Caro­line’s killer

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Lor­raine Weir

De­tec­tives ded­i­cated to find­ing the killer of school­girl Caro­line Glachan are sift­ing through new pieces of in­for­ma­tion on the his­toric un­solved crime.

The Lennox Her­ald re­ported last month how the top cop lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion – speak­ing a year on from the 20th an­niver­sary of her death – is con­fi­dent that her mur­derer will be caught.

De­tec­tive Su­per­in­ten­dent Jim Kerr told us, since the huge pub­lic­ity drive in Au­gust 2016, foren­sic ex­perts have been por­ing over items re­trieved from the scene where the teenager’s body was found and have re­ceived 200 more pieces of in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing one from as far away as Aus­tralia.

Now, they have even more ev­i­dence to help fi­nally snare the killer.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokes­woman con­firmed to us this week:“We’ve had sev­eral pieces of in­for­ma­tion passed to us fol­low­ing our reap­peal all of which are be­ing pro­gressed.”

Caro­line was dis­cov­ered on the morn­ing of Au­gust 25, 1996, her body par­tially sub­merged in the River Leven.

The school­girl had been killed in a fren­zied at­tack. A post-mortem later showed she was alive when she was dumped in the wa­ter and found no trace of drink or drugs in Caro­line’s sys­tem.

Caro­line and best pal Joanne Men­zies had spent the evening to­gether be­fore the teenager de­cided to meet her boyfriend shortly be­fore mid­night.

Some­one heard a scream come from be­hind Vale of Leven Academy, on the banks of the river, an hour later.

A man wear­ing a dark-hooded top had been seen around there at the time.Wit­nesses claimed they spot­ted the teenager be­ing fol­lowed by a stranger as she walked along the river bank.

They is­sued an artist’s im­pres­sion of a man at the time but he has never come for­ward.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call 101, email op­er­a­tionfair­ing@ scot­land.pnn.po­lice.uk, or call Crimestop­pers to give de­tails anony­mously on 0800 555 111.

Mystery Caro­line Glachan’s mur­der is still un­solved

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