Search for body comes to an end

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

PO­LICE Scot­land have con­firmed that its search for the body of mur­der vic­tim Suzanne Pil­ley has been called off un­til new in­for­ma­tion comes to light.

But of­fi­cers made a plea for any in­for­ma­tion not yet given to them ‘how­ever unim­por­tant it might seem’ in or­der to bring peace to Ms Pil­ley’s fam­ily.

David Gil­roy was con­victed of 38-year- old Ms Pil­ley’s mur­der in 2012. Po­lice of­fi­cers have long been con­vinced that Ms Pil­ley’s body is buried in Argyll af­ter Gil­roy, 53, an en­gi­neer, made a im­promptu visit to Lochgilp­head, tak­ing in the Rest and Be Thank­ful, Oban and Cri­an­larich on the day of her death. A po­lice spokes­woman told The Oban

Times: ‘ We would re­ally like to find Miss Pil­ley’s re­mains and bring peace to her el­derly fam­ily. From time to time we get in­for­ma­tion and we al­ways act upon it. One day some­one will give us the miss­ing piece of in­for­ma­tion that we need. Any in­for­ma­tion about dis­turbed earth, or un­usual ac­tiv­ity around the time of the in­ci­dent – or un­usual sight­ings now – should be passed on, how­ever unim­por­tant it might seem. This is a jig­saw and we need the fi­nal piece.’

Po­lice had pre­vi­ously fo- cused their in­quiries on the Ardgarten area. Last week po­lice of­fi­cers were train­ing in the area lead­ing to ques­tions about the re- open­ing of the case. How­ever, a spokesman for Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed: ‘At this time there has been no up­date on the search for Suzanne Pil­ley. Any ac­tiv­ity we carry out is now based on new in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic. Her body has not been re­cov­ered.’

Gil­roy con­tin­ues to plead his in­no­cence and has made two ap­peals. He was given a life sen­tence and or­dered to spend 18 years be­hind bars.

Suzanne Pil­ley’s body has never been found.

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