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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Cumbria police determined to solve riddle of woman's death

Police say they owe it to the family of a woman whose remains were found in woodland to solve the mystery of her death.

Betty Brown photo
Betty Brown

It is the second anniversary of the discovery of the remains of Betty Brown after she had disappeared in May 2010.

She was found in a disused quarry off the Longtown to Gretna Road in an area known as Gaitle Bridge in January 2011.

Inquiries into her death have so far drawn a blank but police are hopeful there are still people who have information about how she died. They have indicated she may have been murdered.

Speaking at the scene yesterday, DI Doug Marshall said: “Over the passage of time loyalties change and people can find it difficult to live with knowing information.

“We’re looking for anybody who might have been in the area and might have their conscience pricked.”

Mrs Brown, 56, went missing from Edinburgh in May 2010 and was seen carrying two black Aldi bags travelling on a bus in the Scottish city.

Police stopped more than 300 vehicles near the place where her body was found but have not yet been able to solve the case.

One of the theories suggested by police was that she could have got off a bus in Longtown and been given a lift before her death.

DI Marshall said: “She possibly set off walking to her daughter’s house in Gretna.

“The circumstances are suspicious and we have treated it as such from the outset.

“It’s a major investigation and we owe it to the family to keep going.”

Mrs Brown was a care home worker and mother of three, with family living in Gretna.

Another avenue of investigation involved the police travelling on buses between Edinburgh and Carlisle to gather information, and her story was also shown on BBC’s Crimewatch programme.

The case was scaled back last December but the police confirmed that the case will be reopened periodically for review. Anybody who has any information regarding Mrs Brown’s disappearance can contact Cumbria police on 101.

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