Lothian and Borders Police investigating the suspected murder of Edinburgh woman, Suzanne Pilley are launching a large-scale search of the area around the Argyll Forest this weekend. Despite this action Miss Pilley’s father has voiced his concern that her body may never be found.

Volunteers from Arrochar, Lomond, Oban and Tweed Valley mountain rescue teams will join search teams from Lothian and Borders Police, in a mass effort to try and trace Suzanne Pilley’s body. Strathclyde Police are providing logistic support.

Up to 100 people in total will be involved, with searches focussing on the Glencoe area.

Detective Chief Inspector Gary Flannigan said:

“To undertake a search like this is very unusual in such challenging terrain, and it’s a first for Lothian and Borders Police to have the assistance of mountain rescue teams from all over Scotland.

“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.

“The search this weekend is no different, with expert advisors pinpointing the areas to be covered.

“We 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 to draw on this weekend.

“We also acknowledge the logistical support we have had from Strathclyde Police.”