Preparation work is beginning before the exhumation of a grave in the search for murdered schoolgirl Moira Anderson’s body.
The 11-year-old vanished during a trip to the shops in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, in 1957.
Local bus driver and convicted child rapist Alexander Gartshore, who died in 2006, has been linked to her disappearance which police are treating as murder.
Strathclyde Police and forensic anthropologist Professor Sue Black are scheduled to begin preparing the ground at the North Lanarkshire cemetery on Monday before the gravesite is exhumed on Tuesday.
A sheriff granted a request from Moira’s relatives on Thursday, December 13, to open a grave at the Old Monkland cemetery where they believe she is buried.
Police will now search the family plot of Sinclair Upton in a bid to draw the 56-year mystery to a close.
Moira went missing after getting on a bus as she ran an errand to the Co-op for her family. Her body was never found and Scotland’s Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland ordered cold case detectives to reassess her disappearance as a murder earlier this year.
Gartshore's daughter Sandra Brown has written a book detailing her suspicions that her late father was Moira’s killer.
Moira's sister Janet Hart, who lives in Australia, launched a petition to get Upton’s grave exhumed, believing that Gartshore may have dumped her body there in the days before he was laid to rest.
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