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article imageMissing Suzanne Pilley thought to have been murdered by colleague

By Gemma Fox     May 20, 2010 in Crime
Edinburgh - Police searching for missing Edinburgh woman Suzanne Pilley have today announced that they are now searching for a body.
Investigating officers now believe that 38-year old Suzanne Pilley was murdered in the basement of her office building on the day that she disappeared and police have also revealed that they believe her murderer to be someone that she worked with at Infrastructure Managers where she worked as a book keeper.
Police also revealed that they are searching for a body in relation to this case in the Argyll region of Scotland more than 100 miles away from the place of her murder. They believe that Ms Pilley's body was dumped in this region on the day after her murder.
As part of the investigation police are appealing to members of the public to report to them any sightings of a silver family car driving through unclassified roads or parked in an area called Rest and Be Thankful. Police believe her body was dumped near an unclassified road between Tyndrum and the Argyll Forest.
The police are looking for sightings at two specific times on Wednesday May 5. The first is between 1300 and 1530 and the second is between 1900 and 2100 hours.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Flannigan, who was in Argyll today, said, "Did you see a lone driver in a silver-coloured car, or near to one, who may have been stopped for some time in such a place? Please think back, it's the day before the General Election - can you recall seeing a similar vehicle? If there's any possibility it is critical you contact Lothian and Borders Police as a matter of urgency."
Suzanne Pilley
Suzanne Pilley
Lothian and Borders Police
The search for Suzanne began when she failed to arrive at work on Tuesday May 4 despite following her normal morning routine. Police searching through hundreds of hours of CCTV images were able to track her movements as she travelled on city buses, visited shops and walked towards her work. Police revealed that they found an image standing outside of her place of work at 0855 on the morning of May 4, the last known sighting of her. She failed to appear for work at 0900.
Leaflets were handed out in the streets nearby and police appealed for information using giant screens.
The case was classed as a missing person throughout but yesterday police announced that the investigation had been stepped up to a murder investigation.
Suzanne's parents, Robert and Sylvia made this statement, "As a family we still live in hope of good news, and would still appeal for people up and down the country to stay vigilant and look out for Suzanne. We have, however, been kept informed of the way the police inquiry has been progressing, and deep down we do suspect something more sinister has happened. Suzanne would never put us through this kind of worry intentionally, so we can't help but think she has come to some harm. Words can't describe just how devastated we are at this time, each day we are overwhelmed by worry."
They also praised the police for their actions in investigating this case.
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