Operation Mica Narrows Search Area For Suzanne Pilley Body


By Cara Sulieman & Shaun Milne

THE married former lover of missing bookkeeper Susanne Pilley is showing the strain of being linked to police investigations into her murder.

David Gilroy left his home in Edinburgh today (tues) looking tired and drawn as police in Argyll narrowed their search area for his ex.

MISSING: Suzanne Pilley is feared murdered

Dressed in a brown leather jacket, beige trousers and checked shirt he kept his head bowed as he walked to the family car.

STRAIN: Mr Gilroy denies involvement in Suzanne Pilley's murder and disappearance

He again refused to say anything to waiting press over his thoughts on the continuing investigation or his relationship with Suzanne.

In recent days he has tried to maintain his privacy, with curtains drawn close across the downstairs living room windows.

When reporters knocked on his door the previous evening asking if he had anything to say, he refused to open the door and said only: “Go away please.”


His children are now carrying out chores such as emptying bins while he remains indoors.

His wife Andrea has also so far not commented on her husband’s affair or the questioning of her husband by police.

Mr Gilroy had an affair with Suzanne, a colleague at Infrastructure Managers on Thistle Street, and lived with her for a time.

He returned to live with his wife and family in January, but it has been claimed they continued to see each other until she found a new boyfriend, Mark Brooks.

Today (tues) he left his house at around 7.45am, driving away with wife Andrea and their two children.

In his hand was a key-ring for the car with what appeared to be a Crucifix attached to it.

Police searching for Suzanne Pilley’s remains, meanwhile, have stepped up their appeals for information.

They are asking tourists to scour their holiday snaps for images of the silver car they believe her body was dumped from.

Exactly four weeks to the day Suzanne went missing on her way to work in Lothian and Borders Police are hoping to narrow down the 400 square mile search area in Argyll.


The man leading the investigation – Detective Chief Inspector Gary Flannigan believes photographs hold the key to the movements of a silver family car that day after Suzanne went missing.

Police believe Suzanne’s body was moved to the Argyll Forest by someone driving a silver family car on Wednesday May 5,

They hope that people can help them track down where the car went between 1pm and 3.30pm and 6pm and 8.30pm on that day by looking for signs of the car in their photographs.

DCI Flannigan said: “I’m now interested in speaking to anyone who was walking, cycling or working in Glen Croe, which is the forested area adjacent to the Rest and Be Thankful on the A83.

“Specifically on Wednesday 5th May, either between 1pm and 3.30pm, or in the evening between 6pm and 8.30pm.

“The area around Glen Croe Forest, like the nearby Rest and Be Thankful, is a spectacular area for scenery and a well known photo-stop.

“I’m sure people who may have been in the area will have taken photos and perhaps have not had them developed or downloaded yet.

“We would ask that they do this as a matter of urgency, and review their pictures for a silver family-size car.

“I’m particularly keen to recover photographs you may have taken within this area.


“We are keen to see any photos which contain such a silver car and would ask that they be forwarded to our enquiry team immediately at [email protected]

DCI Flannigan added that the police were doing everything they could to “provide answers” to Suzanne’s parents – Sylvia and Robert Pilley.

He said: “We have been carrying out searches in the Argyll area following an extensive scoping operation.

“What people have to appreciate is that this is a vast area and it is important that we have our officers targeting the right areas in terms of the searches.

“I am extremely grateful to the members of the public who have contacted us with information so far.

“My officers work closely with Suzanne’s parents and see every day the distress and torment they are going through.

“We want to speak to anyone who may help us provide them with the answers that they are looking for, and we would appeal to those who may have any information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Suzanne’s parents said they had nothing to say about the ongoing search for their missing daughter.

Anyone with any information as to Suzanne’s whereabouts was asked to contact Lothian and Borders Police on 0131 311 3131, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

* PHOTOGRAPHS by Lorenzo Dalberto, Katielee Arrowsmith & Mike Byrne.

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