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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
'New evidence' in Moira mystery
Strathclyde Police headquarters
Strathclyde Police said it would examine the evidence
A 15-page dossier which could shed new light on the disappearance of a schoolgirl almost 50 years ago is to be examined by police.

Moira Anderson, from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, vanished on a shopping errand during a blizzard in February 1957.

A former prisoner said that details about the case were given to him in a deathbed confession by convicted paedophile James Gallogley.

The dossier he compiled identifies the area where Moira's body was allegedly dumped - and implicates another man over the youngster's death.

Detective Chief Inspector Les Darling said: "We are more than interested in this new information and look forward to examining it.

Fellow inmate

"Over the years the full story of what happened to this little girl has never been fully established.

"It is always in our minds that we have to find out what happened for the sake of Moira's family.

"We will investigate all new possible evidence in an effort to bring this inquiry to a conclusion."

Gallogley made his confession to Alec Keil, a fellow inmate at Peterhead Prison, before his death from stomach cancer in 1999.

We are more than interested in this new information and look forward to examining it
Detective Chief Inspector Les Darling
In the dossier compiled by Keil, Gallogley claims Moira was abused by one of his friends and an un-named accomplice at a bus depot.

He said her body was placed in the seat box of a bus and that she was later found to be dead.

"We believe it was the cold that killed her as it was very bitter that night," he said.

A few days later her body was dumped in what was known locally as the Tarry Burn, claimed Gallogley.

"I felt so ashamed as there was no need - no need at all," he said.

New information

Moira's sister, Janet Hart, said she "broke down in tears" when she heard there had been a confession.

"Now I just hope and pray to God they reopen the case and maybe we can finally bring this all to an end," she said.

"I don't want to get my hopes too high because we have been here before, but any new information has to be welcomed."

The friend named by Gallogley in the dossier has always denied any involvement in her disappearance.


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