Police have committed to a continuing search for the missing body of Edinburgh woman, Suzanne Pilley, whose former lover, David Gilroy, has been convicted of her murder.
What is certain is that the focus is Argyll – but the territory under consideration is very large; and the police and the national media are between them, giving out confused and confusing descriptions.
The story at first was that electronic mobile phone data showed that Gilroy’s car spent time in the Rest and Be Thankful area, hence Glen Croe, Hells Glen and Ardgartan became key focal points for sustained but fruitless searches.
Then Glen Orchy was mentioned as a possibility.
During the Gilroy trial which led to his conviction on Thursday 15th March 2012, two matters were brought to the attention of the jury:
CCTV and other electronic evidence showed that Gilroy’s journey from Edinburgh to and through Argyll on 5th May 2010, the day before the Westminster General Election, had taken an inordinately long time in the Argyll element of his trip. Particular attention was paid to the length of time he spent between Tyndrum and Inveraray. This is obviously where Glen Orchy came into the picture.
Evidence was also given that offices examining Gilroy’s car found it virtually undrivable, with parts of its undercarriage broken and vegetation lodged amongst it. Both of these factors were reasonably taken to show that the car had been driven on tough offroad terrain.
Assuming that some of this vegetation will have had soil samples clinging to it, were forensic tests of the soil type or types carried out?
The problem is, though, that despite the weight of attention now being paid to the territory between Tyndrum and Inveraray, Rest and Be Thankful is still being kept on the picture.
This is confusing for those walkers and campers who might, as asked, keep their eyes open.
Rest and Be Thankful, even if one interprets generously the area that it covers, is nowhere bear the territory between Tyndrum and Inveraray. It is a minimum of 15 minutes by car away to the east of Inveraray.
Today’s edition of The Herald describes the time lapse and the territory thus:
‘The missing time came between Tyndrum and Inveraray, a stretch of just more than 25 miles, and which is surrounded by vast tracts of woodland, and difficult terrain running alongside the banks of Loch Fyne.’
Anyone who can find exactly where the road from Tyndrum to Inveraray runs ‘alongside the banks of Loch Fyne’ will be in a position to show up the Ordnance Survey mappers as a bunch of numpties.
In the interests of Ms Pilley’s devastated family, if this is a serious request for observation from the walking and camping public, the information needs to be accurate.