Speaking on the tenth anniversary of the disappearance of Suzanne Pilley, Police Scotland say they remain committed to finding answers for Suzanne’s mother, Sylvia and sister, Gail and that they “will continue to revisit this investigation and conduct fresh search activity in the Argyll Forest area, whenever we receive new information from the public”
David Gilroy’s father, Benny, and his stepmother Linda, say that there will never be closure for the Pilleys or the Gilroys based on such a narrow approach to the events of 4th/5th May ten years ago.
They are writing to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland saying that at this stage only fresh eyes on the case can help – and calling on him to:
1. Explain why Police Scotland are not willingly allowing their expert reasonable access to the CCTV evidence used in the case.
2. Appoint a new officer to lead their ongoing review – someone other than the police officer who, as a detective sergeant in 2010, led the collecting and analysis of the CCTV evidence during the original enquiry.
The Gilroys add “We would also like to say that if we thought for one minute that David committed such a heinous crime, we would certainly be asking him to put the Pilleys minds at rest. Since the 2012 trial, as every year has gone by, it has become clearer and clearer to us that the evidence given at the trial shows that the Crown theory was well-nigh impossible. For over two years now we have been trying to establish reasonable access to the original CCTV footage for our expert who has been considering the detail that others have not taken the time to look at properly.
If there was no such crime it follows that there was no cover-up and it will never be possible for a body to be found in Argyll. At this stage, ten years on from the events, we call on the Chief Constable to ensure that fresh eyes, from our expert and a new lead on Police Scotland’s ongoing review team, give everyone a chance to bring this sad story to a close.”