The family of a schoolgirl who is thought to have been murdered more than 50 years ago have launched a legal bid to search a grave near where she was last seen.
Moira Anderson vanished in Coatbridge in 1957, aged 11, after she was sent on an errand to a local shop.
Now her sister, backed by a charity set up in the schoolgirl's name, has instructed lawyers to apply to open a lair in the town's Old Monkland Cemetery.
Janet Hart, who now lives in Australia. told STV News: "It was just like a bad dream. You were going to waken up and everything would be all well again, but it's never been well again."
Sandra Brown, who runs the Moira Anderson Foundation, believes the girl's remains may lie in the grave of a man who died at around the same time as she disappeared.
A petition has been lodged at Airdrie Sheriff Court to open the grave, where eight people are buried. All of their families are understood to support the move.
A court hearing has been scheduled for later this month. Anyone objecting to the petition can notify the court in the meantime.
More About Moira Anderson
- Moira Anderson story set to be made into film by Sandra Brown
- Moira Anderson: Police appeal to bus workers in missing girl hunt
- 'Her name and fate is something I always knew. It makes me so sad.'
- Murdered Moira Anderson’s body not found in grave exhumation
- Rapist suspected of Moira Anderson murder 'may have killed others'
- Monklands' hunt for closure 55 years after Moira Anderson's disappearance
- Grave exhumation begins in search for murdered child Moira Anderson
- MSP welcomes decision to treat Moira Anderson disappearance as murder
- Record £77,000 charity donation for the Moira Anderson Foundation
People who read this story also read
- Gangland figures dragged grandmother outside pub by hair in attack
- Euromillions winners sue newspaper over 'monkey puzzle tree' story
- Man filmed himself having sex with 15-year-old girl in school uniform
- Security guard charged with murder of delegate at SECC conference
- Man to stand trial for 'trying to feed sausage rolls to police horses'