Missing Moira grave search

Police and forensic experts have re-opened a family grave today in search of the body of missing schoolgirl Moira Anderson, who was 11 when she went missing in North Lanarkshire in 1957. Searches will continue tomorrow.

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Police exhume grave in search for schoolgirl Moira Anderson

Strathclyde Police started to exhume a family grave in Coatbridge, Scotland, today as part of a search for the remains of a schoolgirl who vanished almost 56 years ago.

Moira Anderson was 11 when she disappeared in 1957. It is thought she was abducted and murdered. Police believe her body may be in the grave of a friend of the man long suspected of killing her.

Scotland Correspondent Debi Edward reports from Coatbridge, in North Lanarkshire:

Police exhumation of grave called off for the night

Strathclyde Police have called off the exhumation of a family grave in Coatbridge in Scotland and will continue their work tomorrow.

Police and forensic experts are hoping to find the body of missing schoolgirl Moira Anderson whose disappearance in 1957 has never been explained.

Forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black (L) at Old Monkland Cemetery in Coatbridge in Scotland Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police hold spades close to the site of the exhumation Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police officers patrol Old Monkland Cemetery Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Police exhume grave in search for missing Moira

Police have begun exhuming a family grave in the search for the remains of a schoolgirl who vanished almost 56 years ago.

Police have begun to exhume a plot in the search for the remains of Moira Anderson Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Investigators have begun to excavating the plot of Sinclair Upton, said to have been an acquaintance of Gartshore, to see if the schoolgirl's remains were hidden there.

The excavation at Old Monkland Cemetery in Coatbridge is being led by Professor Sue Black and a team from the forensic anthropology department at Dundee University.

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Police search for body of schoolgirl Moira Anderson

The red marker shows the Old Monkland Cemetery where Moira is believed to be buried Credit: Google Maps

A family grave will be reopened today in search of the body of missing schoolgirl Moira Anderson.

The exhumation is expected to take several days and will be conducted by Strathclyde Police and led by forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black.

Experts are investigating the possibility that Moira, who went missing more than a century ago, was dumped under a coffin in the grave, which could have been open at the time of her disappearance.

Moira Anderson murder investigation case

  • Moira Anderson, 11, vanished in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in February 1957
  • Bus driver and convicted paedophile Alexander Gartshore, who died in 2006, has been linked to her disappearance
  • Moira's family think she could have been killed and buried in Old Monkland Cemetery in the plot of Sinclair Upton, acquaintance to Gartshore
  • Moira's body was never found, Scotland's Lord Advocate, Frank Mulholland, ordered cold case detectives to reopen the case as a murder investigation last year
  • Last month Sheriff Frank Pieri granted a request to open the grave
  • The process is expected to last several days

Police to exhume grave in Moira Anderson search

Police and forensic experts are to reopen a family grave today in search of the body of missing schoolgirl Moira Anderson.

Moira was 11 when she went missing over half a century ago from her home in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in February 1957.

It is thought that she was abducted and murdered, but her body was never found.

Experts are looking into the possibility that Moira's body could have been dumped underneath a coffin in the grave, which might have been open at the time of her disappearance.

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