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Moira Anderson Murder: Cold Case Breakthrough
One of Scotland's longest unsolved child murders has taken a significant step closer to being solved.
The Cold Case Unit within the Scottish Crown Office, which has been investigating the disappearance of 11-year-old Moira Anderson in 1957, has issued a statement claiming main suspect Alexander Gartshore would be indicted for her murder if he were alive today.
The bus driver was a convicted paedophile who was always the key suspect in the disappearance of Moira, but he was never charged. He died in 2006.
Gartshore's daughter, Sandra Brown, who campaigned for the evidence against her father to be reviewed, claims her father abused many children and believes Moira was not the only girl to meet an unpleasant fate at his hands.
She suspects he was part of a paedophile ring operating in the central belt of Scotland.
Moir disappeared after leaving her grandmother's house in Coatbridge in 1957. Her body has never been found.
It is widely believed she was abducted and murdered.
Scotland's senior law officer, Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC, said: "I welcome the statement issued by the Cold Case Unit.
"This will hopefully bring closure to the family of Moira Anderson who have had to wait more than half a century for answers.
"I would like to pay tribute to the campaigners who refused to allow the memory of Moira Anderson to become forgotten.
"I would like to pay tribute to the prosecutors in the Cold Case Unit and the officers of Police Scotland who worked so hard on the case.
"It is important that unsolved homicides are not allowed to become a forgotten file gathering dust on a shelf.
"The work of the Cold Case Unit will ensure that this does not happen."
He added: "Indicting someone for a crime is not the equivalent of finding someone guilty.
"The trial process is the only place in which guilt or innocence can be determined.
"We are not saying that the suspect is guilty, only that there is sufficient credible and reliable evidence to indict him and there would be a reasonable prospect of conviction had he still been alive."
In January last year, a grave in Old Monkland Cemetery in Lanarkshire was exhumed, following claims that Moira's body had been concealed there. But investigations proved inconclusive.
The whereabouts of Moira's body is still a mystery.
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