Police seek mystery man and woman who could help with Pilley investigation
By Christine Lavelle
Lothian and Borders Police have released the CCTV footage, which shows a man and a woman on Thistle Street – one of Ms Pilley’s last known locations, the day she disappeared on 4 May last year.
The pictures show a woman who looks to be aged between 18 and 30-years-old, with long, dark hair which was tied up, entering Thistle Street from Hanover Street in the city centre.
She is slim and wearing a black waist-length jacket, a black and white scarf, black knee-high boots with grey tights and a short skirt, and was carrying a bag over her right shoulder.
Police believe she may have been walking to a small blue car, possibly a Volkswagen Polo, which is seen in another shot driving off a short time later.
The car may have also slowed down a bus as it turned onto St Andrews Square.
He was wearing a brown waist-length jacket, blue jeans and was carrying a green plastic bag which was possibly from Marks and Spencer.
The unidentified man made his way along Thistle Street and entered Prospect House at 5 Thistle Street.
Police are urging people to take a close look at both the man and woman in the hope they can identify them.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Flannigan said: “Please take time to look carefully at these images. Do you recognise yourself or a friend?
“It is very important that we speak to these people in order to determine that they have no additional information to offer the enquiry.”
Suzanne Pilley, 38, who was a bookkeeper from the Stenhouse area of Edinburgh, vanished on the morning of 4 May as she made her way to work
Her disappearance is being treated as a murder investigation, though her body was never found.
Ms Pilley’s former lover, 47-year-old David Gilroy, has been charged in connection with her murder and after two appearances at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, he has been fully committed to trial.
Gilroy, who has a wife and two children, was released on bail after his second court appearance in July last year and a date for the trial is still to be confirmed.
Ms Pilley worked for Infrastructure Managers, a company which used to employ Gilroy. The pair had a year-long relationship.
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