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Police Search Garden For Missing Mother
Police are searching a garden in Motherwell in the hunt for a woman who went missing 43 years ago.
Thirty-four-year-old Ellen Elizabeth Ruffle, a teacher, disappeared in 1969 and hasn't been seen since.
The mother of two had just visited her mother's house in Motherwell before she went missing.
Efforts to trace her ever since have proved fruitless.
Police are now examining the garden of a property in Annan Glade, Motherwell, which Ms Ruffle shared with her husband and two children before her disappearance. When she went missing, her children were aged four and 18 months.
Ms Ruffle was known to friends as Evelyn. She was born in Motherwell and, having trained in teaching at Craiglockhart College in Edinburgh, took up a number of teaching posts in Singapore, Bournemouth and schools in North Lanarkshire. When she went missing, she had been working at Cathedral Primary School in North Lanarkshire.
Strathclyde Police say the search of the garden is expected to last for several days.Superintendent Andy McKay told Sky News: "It is now over 40 years since Elizabeth went missing and I urge anyone with information, no matter how small, to come forward and hopefully we can provide some resolution to her family.
"I have no doubt that someone has information which can help us to find out what happened to Elizabeth.
"It was completely out of character for her to leave her two small children. It may be decades since Elizabeth was last seen, however my officers are no less determined to find out what happened to her."