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Body of missing woman found in River Cree

Police have confirmed that the body of the woman recovered from the Cree Estuary on yesterday is that of Elizabeth Watson from Newton Stewart.

The 70-year-old had been missing from her home in Newton Stewart since Sunday afternoon.

The emergency services and a search and rescue helicopter were all involved in the search.

Body found in search for missing woman

Police have confirmed that the body of a woman has been recovered during the search for missing Newton Stewart woman Elizabeth Watson, known as Betty.

The body was found in the estuary of the River Cree.

Although formal identification has still to take place, police say that the search for Mrs Watson is now being scaled down.


Police appeal for information after woman disappears

Police in Galloway have made an appeal for anyone with information surrounding the disappearance of 70-year-old Elizabeth Watson to get in contact with them.

"She was last seen at half past five in the town centre at Dashwood Square, so anything beyond that is what we need ... this is an active woman, she may have wandered further than the town itself, and anyone who has seen Mrs Watson, after half past five last night, if you would like to contact Police Scotland on 101."

– Chief Inspector Jacqueline McIlwraith

Bad weather puts missing 'Betty' at high risk

Police searching for a woman who has gone missing from Newton Stewart are treating her disappearance as high risk.

The search for missing 70-year-old Elizabeth 'Betty' Watson has been taking place since yesterday evening.

Officers believe that because of the recent bad weather and heavy rainfall, combined with Betty's age, she is at high risk.

Anyone who has any information about Betty's whereabouts, or who thinks that they may have seen her since 5pm yesterday, is being encouraged to get in contact with police on the 101 non-emergency number.


HMS Gannet involved in search for missing Betty

Members of HMS Gannet have been helping with the search for a woman who has gone missing from Newton Stewart.

70-year-old Elizabeth Watson, known as Betty, has not been seen since late afternoon on Sunday 20 October.

A search was launched on Sunday evening and was called off at 2am this morning until daylight returned.

Residents urged to check outbuildings for missing woman

Police are asking people in the community of Newton Stewart to help them in the search for a missing woman by checking their gardens and any outbuildings for her.

Elizabeth Watson, known as Betty, has not been seen since 5.30pm on Sunday 20 October.

If you think that you may have seen her after this time, please contact police on 101.

Appeal to trace lorry driver involved in A75 collision

Police are renewing their appeal for witnesses after a 19-year-old boy died after being struck by a lorry on the A75 on Saturday night (17th August).

Kieran Currie, and two of his friends, were walking on the eastbound carriageway near to the top the entrance to Calgow farm, about a mile east of Newton Stewart, when he was hit by an eastbound passing lorry.

The lorry did not stop after the collision and has not been traced.

"This is a tragic set of circumstances which has left a young 19-year-old man dead.

"We are appealing to anyone who was using the A75 road in the Newton Stewart area at around 0240 hours on Saturday 17 August 2013 to get in touch with police through 101.

"The lorry which appears to have struck Kieran has yet to be traced, and it may well be that the driver of that vehicle is unaware that he has been in a collision.

"We are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at that time to get in touch, and in particular, we want to hear from the drivers of all heavy goods vehicles who were on the A75 driving east around that time.

"Likewise we are keen to speak to the occupants of a small blue coloured car who stopped at the scene of the crash shortly after it happened and offered assistance.”

– Inspector Neil Hewitson, Roads Policing Inspector for Police Scotland
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