Body found in river as search for miss­ing wo­man comes to an end

Emer­gency ser­vices shut road af­ter car is spot­ted in River Tay west of Aber­feldy

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - mark mackay mmackay@the­courier.co.uk

A body has been re­cov­ered from the River Tay as the search for a miss­ing Ken­more wo­man came to a grim end.

Emer­gency ser­vices had been scour­ing High­land Perthshire for three days in an ef­fort to trace Wilma Car­lin.

The search fin­ished abruptly yes­ter­day as a car was spot­ted in water, around a mile west of Aber­feldy, shortly af­ter 2pm.

Ms Car­lin’s fam­ily, who were in the area mak­ing their own pri­vate searches, were in­formed a short time later.

The dis­cov­ery of the car sparked a huge emer­gency ser­vices op­er­a­tion, with units from across Tay­side sent into High­land Perthshire.

Spe­cial­ist water res­cue teams were de­ployed from Perth along­side po­lice, fire units and para­medic crews.

The A827 road between Aber­feldy and Ken­more was closed in both di­rec­tions.

How­ever, there was lit­tle the units could do other than re­cover the body and car from the river.

A Po­lice Scot­land spokesman said: “We can con­firm that the body of a wo­man and car have been found near to the Aber­feldy area.

“The fam­ily of miss­ing per­son Wilma Car­lin have been in­formed.”

The day had be­gun with of­fi­cers car­ry­ing out door-to-door in­quiries in Aber­feldy in an ef­fort to gain more in­for­ma­tion about Ms Car­lin’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

Ms Car­lin, of Ken­more, was first re­ported miss­ing by her con­cerned fam­ily on Tues­day, hav­ing last been seen that morn­ing in the Aber­feldy area.

A CCTV im­age of the 60-year-old in the town’s David­son’s chemist shop was re­leased by po­lice on Wed­nes­day in a bid to help trace her.

A he­li­copter was drafted in by the po­lice on Wed­nes­day to help teams scour the area from the air.

It was in op­er­a­tion again yes­ter­day, help­ing of­fi­cers cast an eye over miles of ru­ral roads and land­scape.

At the time, Ms Car­lin’s sil­ver Citroen DS3 car was seen to be key to the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with the pub­lic be­ing urged to look out for it.

She was known to be a keen hill­walker and it had been thought that might have played a part in her dis­ap­pear­ance.

The po­lice have not con­firmed how the car came to be found.

It is likely she was trav­el­ling home from Aber­feldy when the ve­hi­cle en­tered the water, min­utes af­ter leav­ing the town on Tues­day.

Po­lice Scot­land said the A827 was likely to re­main closed to all traf­fic for some time while in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the cause of the death were car­ried out.

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

Above: a po­lice road block on the A827, just west of Aber­feldy, on the road to Ken­more.

Top: emer­gency ser­vices at the River Tay af­ter be­ing alerted to a car spot­ted in the water just west of Aber­feldy. A wo­man’s body was re­cov­ered from the scene. Above: Wilma Car­lin had been miss­ing since Tues­day.

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