Was in a bad way. I don’t it was safe to leave him

HIS GIRL­FRIEND’S GRIEF Scott was the kind­est per­son, to me, to ev­ery­one. It doesn’t feel like he’s gone, that he’s not here. It feels like he’ll come through the door any minute

The Sunday Post (Inverness) - - NEWS -

– Eye­wit­ness Fraser Arnot

The girl­friend of stu­dent Scott Calder paid tribute to him yes­ter­day as she spoke of her ter­ri­ble loss. Madi­son Wat­son, 22, and Scott, 23, had been in­sep­a­ra­ble since they started dat­ing three years ago and had planned to go trav­el­ling next year.

She said: “Scott was the kind­est, most car­ing per­son. “He was a com­plete gen­tle­man, not just to me but to ev­ery­one.

“When he was at univer­sity he would be the first per­son to go and speak to peo­ple who didn’t know any­one.

“He would put other peo­ple be­fore him­self all the time.” Madi­son added: “In some ways I don’t think I have ac­cepted that this is real.

“It doesn’t feel like he’s gone, that he’s not here any more.

“I still think he’s go­ing to come back through the door any minute.”

The pair, who met while both work­ing in Nando’s, had planned to go trav­el­ling next year af­ter Scott fin­ished his masters at Napier Univer­sity this sum­mer.

Yes­ter­day, Madi­son spoke of her heartbreak af­ter her boyfriend’s body was dis­cov­ered on Long­nid­dry Bents on Oc­to­ber 14 af­ter po­lice, who had been warned he was at risk, al­lowed him to wan­der off alone.

A pro­fes­sional dancer, she spoke out to ap­peal for wit­nesses to come for­ward who may have seen Scott on the night he died. Madi­son said the pair had been look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture, and had booked a trip abroad just weeks be­fore the tragedy.

She said: “We had been plan­ning to go trav­el­ling in Asia in Jan­uary. We booked it about two weeks be­fore all of this hap­pened.

“We wanted to travel to­gether and it was a good time, as I wasn’t on any danc­ing con­tracts and he had fin­ished his de­gree Post re­turned to the bus stop in Port Se­ton where po­lice say they dropped Scott ex­actly three weeks pre­vi­ously.

The sur­round­ing streets were vir­tu­ally empty, with only a few peo­ple head­ing home from nights out. A Co-op nearby closed at 10pm, and the petrol sta­tion op­po­site the bus stop was also closed.

Work­ers at Carlo’s fish bar and restau­rant re­mem­bered the night of Ok­to­ber­fest as a group of rev­ellers had come in dressed in leder­ho­sen at around 10.45pm.

But none had seen Scott as the chip shop closes at 11pm and most of the staff travel home by car.

DCI Stu­art Reid said: “An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing by the Crown to es­tab­lish the full cir­cum­stances so was free from his study­ing. He had been work­ing on his masters all sum­mer and hadn’t re­ally had a break.

“He had been work­ing so hard, and while all his friends were go­ing out he had been go­ing to the li­brary and study­ing.

“The Ok­to­ber­fest thing was the first time in ages he was out, as he had just fin­ished his de­gree and it was go­ing to be a fun event. He was re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.” Madi­son ex­plained that on the night of the event at Gos­ford House, she had been work­ing and hadn’t been able to get hold of Scott.

She had con­tacted his friends who said he wasn’t with them af­ter the event and im­me­di­ately felt that some­thing was wrong.

She said: “I just felt as though there was some­thing go­ing on, some­thing wasn’t right.

“It couldn’t’ sleep all night, and I started phon­ing the po­lice and hos­pi­tals and things around 4am ask­ing if Scott was there. I went to work the next day but got sent home, and that’s when my mum told me that a body had been found.

“I couldn’t be­lieve it, that this was re­ally hap­pen­ing.

“I didn’t un­der­stand it and I still don’t.

“I just want to help get the an­swers we all need.” which Po­lice Scot­land are sup­port­ing and the death re­mains un­ex­plained.

“Our thoughts are with Scott’s fam­ily. We will con­tinue to pro­vide sup­port to the Calder fam­ily while the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. “Ar­range­ments will be made to fully up­date the fam­ily with the out­come and hope­fully pro­vide the an­swers they are seek­ing.”

Po­lice Scot­land re­ported Scott’s death and the events sur­round­ing it to the Po­lice In­ves­ti­ga­tions and Re­view Com­mis­sioner, the po­lice con­duct watch­dog. Their team “as­sessed” the re­port but did not in­ves­ti­gate it be­fore de­cid­ing the of­fi­cers in­volved had acted ap­pro­pri­ately.

Scott and Madi­son had planned to go trav­el­ling next year

Scott Calder, cir­cled, with friends on the night he died

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