POLICE have admitted they are no closer to finding the body of murdered bookkeeper Suzanne Pilley after concluding a search set up following a high-profile Crimewatch appeal.
There was renewed optimism in June when the BBC programme led to new information which took detectives to a remote spot near Minard in Argyll.
Police received a number of calls after the reconstruction of Ms Pilley’s last known movements, including from people who had not previously been in touch.
However, Police Scotland has now admitted that all inquiries resulting from the televised appeal have been carried out, and there are no new developments in the search.
Ms Pilley, 38, disappeared in May 2010 in Edinburgh. Colleague David Gilroy was jailed for her murder in 2012. Detectives believe Gilroy killed Ms Pilley in the basement of their Edinburgh office before dumping her body in the forests of Argyll.
Detective Chief Superintendent Gary Flannigan said: “All the work emanating from the Crimewatch programme that was broadcast by the BBC in June has been followed through and there are no developments.
“We will continue to investigate any new information concerning the whereabouts of Suzanne Pilley’s body, and anyone who knows something which may assist our inquiries is urged to contact Police Scotland.”
Speaking in June as part of the Crimewatch appeal, Ms Pilley’s parents, Rob and Sylvia, said they would struggle to find closure until their daughter’s body was found.
“The door is just ajar,” Mr Pilley said. “It’s not fully closed yet and that’s what I would really like – to put closure on it for myself and the rest of my family.”
Speaking at the end of the trial, Sylvia Pilley said: “Justice had been done, but we felt so sad after it because we were never going to get her back. She’s lying somewhere and nobody knows [where]; as if nobody loved her.”
Detectives who investigated the case believe Gilroy took her body in the boot of his car before burying it in a secret grave.
Gilroy, who was the first convicted killer to have his sentencing filmed for British television, was ordered to spend at least 18 years in jail. Passing sentence, judge Lord Bracadale said he hoped the killer would reveal where he left the murdered woman’s remains.
He told Gilroy: “It seems you are the only person who knows where her body is. I hope that a day will come when you will feel able to disclose that information and that might bring some comfort to her bereft family.”
During the trial, it was heard that Gilroy and Ms Pilley had had a turbulent relationship.