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MOIRA ANDERSON: Missing from Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire - February 1957 - Age 11

Discussion in 'UK: Missing & Unidentified' started by Kimster, Feb 27, 2016.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Moira Anderson was 11 when she disappeared from her home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in February 1957 while running an errand for her grandmother.

    In 2014, prosecutors took the unprecedented step of announcing that bus driver and convicted paedophile Alexander Gartshore, who died in 2006, would have faced prosecution for the girl's murder if he were still alive.

    The Crown Office enlisted the help of forensic soil scientist Professor Lorna Dawson in 2015 as part of efforts to find Moira's remains.

    After the discussion of ground reports, the Crown Office said further progress has now been made in pinpointing the areas where the search should be concentrated.

    The search area has not been confirmed but it was reported last year that Ms Dawson had identified a site north of Coatbridge where a farm worker reported an empty bus blocking a lane on the night the girl disappeared.

    Preparatory work is to start in the coming weeks with digging to begin in the autumn.

    Detective superintendent Pat Campbell said: "At the request of the lord advocate, Police Scotland has been working with a number of subject experts from across the UK, including Professor Lorna Dawson, Hutton Institute, Aberdeen, to consider a number of potential sites within the Lanarkshire area which may be linked to the disappearance of Moira Anderson in February 1957.

    "This work is presently ongoing and a detailed report regarding search options will be submitted to the Crown Office for consideration in the near future.

    "The ultimate objective is to one day recover Moira's remains and to bring closure to the family of Moira and the community of Lanarkshire."

    A plot in Old Monkland Cemetery in Coatbridge was previously searched by experts but failed to find Moira's remains.

    Police had been investigating the possibility that Gartshore dumped the youngster's remains in the grave of an acquaintance called Sinclair Upton.

    http://news.stv.tv/west-central/1344216-new-dig-site-identified-in-search-for-schoolgirls-remains/

    http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...ing-from-coatbridge-scotland-since-1957.1283/
     

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  2. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Poor little poppit, she would probably be a grandma herself now if she had been given the chance to grow up and live a happy life :(
     
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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    It's so sad that she was running an errand for her grandmother. Like Little Red Riding Hood, only this story doesn't have a happy ending. :tears:
     
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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Investigators searching for remains of Moira Anderson turn back time with technology

    INVESTIGATORS searching for the remains of missing schoolgirl Moira Anderson have recreated the past in a bid to finally find the youngster.

    State-of-the-art technology will allow cold case detectives to see exactly what the five suspected burial sites in the Monklands area of Lanarkshire would have looked like when the 11-year-old’s body was dumped nearly 60 years ago.

    A comprehensive collection of historical photographs has been sent to a specialist unit in the south of England, which has created high-definition 3D images allowing forensic scientists to examine how the landscape appeared when Moira disappeared on February 23 1957.


    “We have an eyewitness report of a male walking with a young girl down to the canal bank. This technology allows us to see if there were any footpaths in the area and, if she went into the water, what is the most likely point of entry. It lets us see if the land has changed significantly from 1957.


    The latest development comes nearly three years after the Crown Office took the unusual step of issuing a statement in which the evidence against convicted paedophile Alexander Gartshore was laid out, confirming he would have been indicted for Moira’s murder were he still alive.

    He passed away in 2006.


    https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/inves...oira-anderson-turn-back-time-with-technology/

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  5. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Last desperate bid to find missing Moira Anderson's body

    A FINAL effort to find the remains of Coatbridge schoolgirl Moira Anderson, who vanished 60 years ago, will begin on a 100-yard stretch of the Monkland Canal next month.

    An unprecedented police operation involving scientists and forensic experts from around the UK will end with a step-by-step search of six possible sites where Moira, who was 11, might have been hidden.

    The canal will be the starting point as it has the strongest evidential link to Moira and to a man who matches the description of her likely killer, the late Alexander Gartshore.

    Police officers have met twice this year with experts from universities including Aberdeen, Dundee, Belfast and Birmingham, alongside specialists from the Home Office, to plan the final hunt.

    Maps of the areas of interest, which centre around Carnbroe, on the edge of Coatbridge, have been overlaid with aerial photographs taken of the terrain from 1945 onwards, allowing investigators to plot and analyse how it has changed.

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/76...ess-scotland+(Daily+Express+::+Scotland+Feed)
     
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  6. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    New witnesses come forward as final search for missing schoolgirl Moira Anderson gets underway

    NEW witnesses have come forward in the case of missing schoolgirl Moira Anderson, as a final effort to locate her remains gets underway.

    It is understood one of these witnesses has been able to shed new light on the schoolgirl’s last known movements.

    A major police operation is expected to begin this week to search sites where the body of the 11-year-old from Coatbridge might have been hidden after she vanished 60 years ago – starting on a 100-metre stretch of the Monkland Canal.

    Brown, whose late father Alexander Gartshore is believed to have been Moira’s killer, said the search due to get underway this week is the “closest we have ever been” to finding out what happened to her.

    A Police Scotland spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm exactly when the search was getting underway or any information about new witnesses.

    http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/...sing_schoolgirl_Moira_Anderson_gets_underway/
     
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  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh wow! It says witnessES. This gives me great hopes that they'll be able to get to the bottom of what happened to Moira!
     
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  8. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Police divers have started searching a canal after several “areas of interest” were identified in the hunt for a schoolgirl who disappeared more than six decades ago.

    Moira Anderson was 11 when she disappeared from her home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in February 1957 while running an errand for her grandmother.

    In 2014, prosecutors took the unprecedented step of announcing that local bus driver and convicted paedophile Alexander Gartshore, who died in 2006, would have faced prosecution for the schoolgirl’s murder if he were still alive.

    A reinvestigation set up in 2013 identified six potential deposition sites in Coatbridge, with a 170m area of Monklands canal the priority area.

    https://thecourier.co.uk/news/uk-wo...ira-anderson-who-disappeared-aged-11-in-1957/
     
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