Family in three month Hell
MISSING Suzanne Pilley disappeared as she made her way to work in
May - sparking the massive search.
MAY 4: Suzanne is last seen on CCTV footage on the same street as her
office before vanishing at 8.55am.
Her worried parents admit they fear "something terrible" has
Investigation ... police hunt
Police investigating the case reveal they
are scouring 300 hours of CCTV.
MAY 16: It emerges the National Policing Improvement Agency experts, the
same detectives who searched for
Madeleine McCann, have joined the hunt for
MAY 17: Workmates make a plea for information about the book-keeper's
Detectives say the case is now a murder probe.
Officers seize a silver coloured saloon car in their search for
Suzanne. David Gilroy is questioned.
Police reveal they are focusing the search on Glen Croe Forest.
David Gilroy, 47, is charged in connection with Suzanne's
JUNE 24: Gilroy appears at Edinburgh Sheriff Court before being freed on
Cops say a 42-year-old woman, thought to be Andrea Gilroy,
had been charged with attempting to pervert the course of
JULY 1: Gilroy appears at court and is again released after being quizzed
by a sheriff in a judicial examination.
AUGUST 8: Detectives insist they have not given up looking for
Suzanne's body and announce this weekend's surge to find
TORMENTED dad of missing
Suzanne Pilley last night said "he'd be
over the moon" if his daughter's body is found this weekend.
team of police officers and rescue volunteers will scour a huge forest
in the search for suspected murder victim Suzanne over the next two
Suzanne's dad Robert Pilley fears he will die before her remains are
found and believes it would be best for him and wife Sylvia, 68, if the
hunt uncovers her body.
Pilley, 67 - who believes his daughter is dead - said: "I'm hoping that
we do find the body and I can put her to rest because I wouldn't like my
family to have to do it.
know it's maybe the wrong thing to say but I'd probably be over the
moon. I know it sounds bad, but I think I would."
I think it would really help Sylvia a lot too.
just keep on thinking 'Is it going to be one of these things and we're
never going to find the body?'
"Then 10 or 15 years later they flush the body out and it'll be left to
the rest of the family to lay her to rest, because I probably won't be
here to do it myself.
shoe should be on the other foot - she should be putting me to rest, not
me putting her to rest."
Pilley - who lives with his wife in Stenhouse, Edinburgh - also thinks
finding Suzanne's body would allow them to grieve properly for their
said: "If we could put a closure to it, maybe the grieving would be a
"It's just one of these things - we never seem to be able to get to the
end of it.
just take it day by day. The whole family is just totally devastated. I
just don't know when it's going to end.
thought that we're never going to see her again - it's really
Despite his worst fears Mr Pilley confessed he still clings to some hope
he may see Suzanne again.
said: "Even going to the shops, you see a girl going down an aisle, a
girl with the same coat on, the same colour of hair, same height.
"Your heart stops for a minute or two."
Book-keeper Suzanne was last seen alive in Edinburgh three months ago.
failed to turn up for work on May 4 this year after taking a bus to
Infrastructure Managers' office in capital.
June, David Gilroy, 47, was released on bail after appearing at
Edinburgh Sheriff Court charged with murder and breach of the peace in
connection with the probe.
wife Andrea was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice
but has not appeared in court.
Despite a massive media campaign and extensive searches Suzanne has
never been found.But a search party hope to find evidence when they comb
the Argyll Forest today.
Pilley said: "I'm hoping at the weekend we can come up with something.
It's taken a lot of organising and I really feel we've got hope they can
he said he lives in hope of the smallest clue to Suzanne's disappearance
coming to light.
said: "I often think they're going to find the bottle that she had in
her hand on the bus.
know it sounds stupid but if they could even find that just to give a
clue of somewhere that she is.
everything else, it just seems to have disappeared."
Lothian and Borders Police have already taken Suzanne's parents - who
have another daughter, Gail, 44 - to Argyll to see the terrain they are
Pilley said he will remain at home this weekend.
said: "They took us all around there, it took all day, and I realise
what kind of task the police have got to find Suzanne.
you see are trees but you don't realise there are roads in these trees.
I've had a lot of people say they should just do a complete search, get
appreciate all these volunteers are coming out and giving up their
weekend to go and search for Suzanne. Hopefully they'll find something."
Volunteers from Arrochar, Lomond, Oban and Tweed Valley mountain rescue
squads will join police search teams for this weekend's effort.
100 people in total will be involved, with searches focusing on the
officer in the investigation, Detective Chief Inspector Gary Flannigan,
said the volunteers' help will be essential.
Flannigan said: "Since Suzanne was reported missing, searches have been
based on national advice and guidance on the most appropriate techniques
for covering such a vast area of varied terrain.
search is no different, with expert advisers pinpointing the areas to be
are very grateful for the support of the mountain rescue volunteers who
are giving up their time to assist our inquiry. Their specialist
knowledge will be a valuable resource for us."