Family of missing Betty Brown make birthday appeal

THE family of a missing Edinburgh woman made an emotional plea today (Wed) for new information on her birthday.

Betty Brown, who turns 56 today, was last spotted on CCTV on Friday, May 28, on a number three bus in the city’s Nicolson Street at around 11.55am.

She was wearing a black jacket, an open-necked blouse, blue jeans and black shoes, and was carrying two large Aldi bags at the time.

Ms Brown, originally from Hawick in the borders, is described as being 5ft 7ins, medium build, with fair hair and glasses. Continue reading

Chinese tourist goes missing in the capital

By Cara Sulieman

A CHINESE tourist on holiday in Scotland has gone missing after leaving her hotel in the early hours of the morning.

Wenqian Zong, 25, was on a coach tour of the UK and was last seen in Edinburgh on Monday morning.

She returned to her hotel on Sunday night but was caught on CCTV leaving the Marriot on Glasgow Road in the early hours of Monday morning.

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Edinburgh’s own Piano Man “is not fake”

BAFFLED: The young man is recovering in hospital

By Michael MacLeod

COPS have launched a desperate hunt to identify Scotland’s own Piano Man.

The mystery man was found lying in the middle of an Edinburgh street in the pouring rain on Wednesday night by a taxi driver.

Now recovering from a head injury in hospital, he cannot remember who he is, where he lives and has no clue what happened to him.

Detectives compared the case to German Andreas Grassl, dubbed the Piano Man after being found wandering aimlessly near a beach in Kent in 2005.

Officers in the Scottish capital have put out a call to the force which dealt with the Piano Man case, hoping their advice can help identify the man, who has a bruise above his forehead.
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Breakthrough For Search Teams In Suzanne Pilley Hunt

By Shaun Milne

MURDER squad detectives searching for missing Edinburgh woman Suzanne Pilley are closing in on where they think her body has been dumped.

Teams of officers are now combing what they described as areas of “specific interest” in Argyll in the hope of finding the bookkeeper’s remains.

Lothian and Borders Police have called in specialist dog teams to track key areas in the Argyll Forest near Glen Croe.

The potential breakthrough comes after trawling through dozens of statements from members of the public who responded to police appeals for help tracking the movements of a silver car in the area. Continue reading

Police Appeal For Help Finding Missing Betty Brown

Picture of Betty Brown supplied to police by her family - it was taken around two years ago and her appearance may have changed slightly

By Cara Sulieman

FEARS are growing over the safety of an Edinburgh woman missing from her home for more than a fortnight.

Friends and family haven’t heard from Betty Brown since Saturday May 22.

Betty – sometimes also known as Elizabeth Hunt – was last seen leaving a relative’s house in the Firhill Park area on May 22 for a bus back home to her home in Gorgie.

The 55-year-old was next spotted on CCTV in the Sainsbury’s store in Westfield Road, Gorgie on Wednesday May 26.

Police say that concern is now growing for the woman.

The last CCTV image of Betty in Sainsbury’s show her wearing dark clothing with her fair hair tied back.

Betty was reported missing on Tuesday when worried relatives still couldn’t get in touch with her after more than a week.

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Workers Secure Home After Mobile Phone & Laptop Theft

By Paul Thornton

THE former lover of missing Edinburgh bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley had his home secured again today (fri) after a break-in in which he claims a mobile phone and laptop were stolen.

David Gilroy, 47, welcomed glaziers to his house following a break-in at the Silverknowes Brae address two weeks ago.

On May 24 Mr Gilroy told how his back door had been broken during an early morning raid.

He said a laptop a Nintendo Wii and a mobile phone were taken.

Workers from Martindales Double Glazing arrived at the property this morning  just before 10.30am to replace the door.

They spent around an hour working on the damage before returning with the old door.

One worker confirmed that Mr Gilroy was at home.

And a delivery firm later showed up with a package for the dad-of-two.

The DPD Global Express courier appeared to hand over a Hewlitt Packard laptop which Mr Gilroy’s wife Andrea signed for. Continue reading

Suzanne Pilley Ex Delivers Silence As Package Arrives

By Paul Thornton

THE former lover of Suzanne Pilley today (wed) received a mystery package from the firm where he and the missing 38-year-old worked.

David Gilroy, 47, spent most of the day shut in his home after being suspended by bosses at Infrastructure Managers following the disappearance of his former colleague Suzanne on May 4.

He left his home in Edinburgh’s Silverknowes Brae yesterday only briefly to drop off his wife Andrea and their children elsewhere.


But he made an appearance to sign for a large package delivered by a courier around 2pm.

Mr Gilroy opened his door just long enough to snatch the package from the arms of the City Courier worker before passing out a receipt.

He refused to answer questions about his movements in days after Suzanne’s disappearance. Continue reading

PICTURE OF THE DAY: What Happened To Suzanne Pilley?

MISSING: Lothian and Borders Police today (Thurs) issued a fresh image of missing Edinburgh bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley who vanished just feet from her work in Thistle Street on Tuesday May 4.

A team of officers is now based in Argyll to hunt for her body and movements of a silver car in the area at the time she went missing. Anyone with information was urged to contact detectives on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police Peg Hopes Of Finding Missing Suzanne Pilley In Argyll

By Shaun Milne & Cara Sulieman

THE ex lover of missing bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley found himself hanging out to dry today (Tues) – as police stepped up their hunt for his missing work colleague.

David Gilroy spent the day at his Edinburgh home carrying out domestic chores and braved waiting reporters only long enough to hang out some washing in the back garden of the Silverknowes property.

He refused to answer questions about the continued police probe into the death of his former mistress as detectives announced they are basing a full time team at a Scots beauty spot where they believe her body has been dumped.

Police revealed they have now had more than 80 calls about possible sightings of a silver-coloured car in the Argyll area which they say is key to finding out what happened to the 38-year-old who vanished on May 4.

This morning her parents Robert and Sylvia, both 67, said they were too distraught to even contemplate talking about their feelings, exactly three weeks since she last texted them on her way to work. Continue reading

Murder Quiz Lover Calls Cops After House Burgled

By Paul Thornton, Shaun Milne & Cara Sulieman

A MAN at the centre of the Suzanne Pilley murder investigation claimed his home was broken into this morning (mon).

David Gilroy said a laptop and mobile phone were among the items stolen – but did not know if the raid could be related to the ongoing murder investigation over his missing ex mistress.

Uniformed officers arrived in a marked police car at the address in Edinburgh before 9am after they were alerted about the alleged break in at the house in the Silverknowes area that he shares with wife Andrea.

Dressed in brown trousers and wearing a casual, short sleeved blue and striped shirt, he showed a WPC various possible points of entry to the detached property.

Two forensic officers also showed up at the address in an unmarked white van, carrying crime scene kits to search for evidence.

Mr Gilroy, who was seen phoning his insurers afterwards, said he had discovered several items stolen from his property. Continue reading