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    UK - Moira Anderson, 11, Scotland, 1957

    DETECTIVES investigating a schoolgirl's disappearance have submitted a report to the procurator-fiscal - 47 years after she vanished.
    http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5024429.html

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    http://news.scotsman.com/latestnews/...uld.5077830.jp

    17 March 2009

    COLD-case detectives investigating the discovery of a body in a field have requested DNA samples from the relatives of missing Scots schoolgirl Moira Anderson, The Scotsman has learned.
    Police have launched a review of a murder dating back to August 1974, involving the death of a young woman who was found in a field in Cockley Cley, Norfolk.
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    This is a fascinating story. You can read many more articles here
    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobe...showtopic=1372

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    Thank you for the articles.
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    Moira's case is well known here even after over 50 years and now it looks like a grave will be exhumed to see if Moira is there, underneath the coffin of a man. Could Moira be found after all these years? I truly hope so for her family who have never stopped keeping her case in the public eye...

    http://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/scot...for-Moira.html

    Grave bid in search for Moira

    Published: 23 Feb 2011
    THE family of a missing schoolgirl will today find out if they can exhume a grave thought to hold her body - 54 YEARS after her suspected murder.

    Moira Anderson's loved ones are expected to get the go-ahead from Crown Office officials to dig up the plot after relatives of others buried there gave their blessing.

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    Last edited by ctaylor; 02-23-2011 at 08:24 PM.

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    D-Day on grave dig to find girl

    The family of a missing girl will today find out if they can exhume a grave thought to hold her body more than 50 years after her suspected murder.

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    It is thought the 11-year-old’s body was hidden in the grave under a man’s coffin.

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    The prime suspect in her murder was child rapist Alexander Gartshore, a bus driver near her hometown of Coatbridge, who died five years ago. But Moira’s family have never given up looking for her.

    More: http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/e...girl-1.1086803

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    Does anyone know if permission was officially granted to exhume the grave and whether a positive identification was made? I looked around for news articles but all I saw was articles leading up to the decision with nothing mentioning the outcome. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places?

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    I'm still searching, and have found no update, so I assume it has not been done yet. I did see this news article that had more detail than others.

    You would think this:

    Tests are already understood to have revealed an unknown body may be located within a plot among three coffins - one of which was buried there just weeks after Moira vanished.
    ...would be sufficient reason to approve the exhumation. Although from what the article said, it sounds like the fact that the family used a psychic is making it harder for them to work through the legal process (if I read that correctly). Which is really sad because there seems to be some solid evidence that the location needs checked out, regardless of whether a psychic was involved or not.

    Of course it sounds like the process requires many clearances and approvals, so maybe it's still in the works. That article was over two years ago, though, so to me that should have been sufficient time to get the paper work in order and find out if this poor little girl is where many seem to think she is.

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    Very interesting case, and very curious, too, that the last pair of articles I found took the story to the verge of their gaining permission - it was to be announced the next day, and then - nothing. I would have expected word at least to be on Sandra Brown's Moira Anderson Foundation site. Has left me scratching my head and wonder if I've missed something. (Entirely possible!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Very interesting case, and very curious, too, that the last pair of articles I found took the story to the verge of their gaining permission - it was to be announced the next day, and then - nothing. I would have expected word at least to be on Sandra Brown's Moira Anderson Foundation site. Has left me scratching my head and wonder if I've missed something. (Entirely possible!)
    My sentiment exactly. I thought if there was an update it would have been on the Moira Anderson Foundation website at the very least.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grifynne View Post
    My sentiment exactly. I thought if there was an update it would have been on the Moira Anderson Foundation website at the very least.
    I wonder what could account for that. It's as if the seeking permission thing never happened. Whilst googling around and finding nothing after those day-before articles, I felt as if I'd stepped into another dimension or something, I wasn't quite sure if I had indeed read what I'd read, lol. The next day I went back and checked on them again!

    If they were denied permission, surely they'd print that, and permission was, according to the earlier articles, practically guaranteed, it sounded. And if they had gotten it, well, we'd have an answer by now. Surely. Maybe. Could it be a legal thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    Could it be a legal thing?
    Do you mean a legal thing that stopped them from exhuming the grave or a legal thing that did not permit them to publish the results? I would think in either case, something like that would have been mentioned. One article mentioned that many clearances were needed, but then another said it was pretty much already a sure thing.

    Just like you said, the articles seemed so enthusiastic about the prospect of solving the mystery and finding out where Moira Anderson is then, abruptly, nothing. It sure sounded to me like they were on the verge.

    I just submitted an email to the address provided on the Moira Anderson Foundation website asking if someone can provide an update or suggest other resources that might shed some light on the situation. Not sure if I will get a response, but I figured I would try.

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    Well I received a response from a Margaret (her title is receptionist/clerical officer for the Moira Anderson Foundation) and she said:

    Hello,

    I can tell you that the body has not yet been found and we haven't heard anything about the exhumation. have you visited our website? worth a look. www.moiraanderson.org

    Margaret
    So it is still a mystery. I wonder if something got in the way of the exhumation and media outlets didn't find it interesting enough to cover? Although you would think they would since a bit of controversy sometimes sells.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grifynne View Post
    So it is still a mystery. I wonder if something got in the way of the exhumation and media outlets didn't find it interesting enough to cover? Although you would think they would since a bit of controversy sometimes sells.
    Thanks for doing so and a bit of a mystery it remains. Something must have gone askew in the intervening day between the articles and the exhumation. And agreed, a story like this might - would - help draw page views, certainly, increase traffic, aid them in their mission. Curiouser and curiouser.

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    No problem. I wonder if any of the news outlets that reported on the story before would have any information on an update? I would have assumed that there would have been a follow up since they were on the verge of approval (if that wording was accurate).

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