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Missing person case is re-opened
Marion Hodge
Police have re-opened the case of Marion Hodge from Lockerbie
Police have re-opened the case of a Lockerbie woman who went missing more than 20 years ago.

Marion Hodge, then 34, was last seen on the Whitesands in Dumfries between 0730 and 0800 GMT on 6 July, 1984.

She was officially declared dead eight years after she went missing, but police believe new evidence can be found with a renewed public appeal.

Posters will be placed across the region in an attempt to bring people forward to help with the case.

Det Supt Bill Gillis is leading the team dedicated to looking at unsolved cases.

Unanswered questions

"This is the last remaining one and we have had a look at it and decided to do something," confirmed Mr Gillis.

He said the circumstances left a lot of unanswered questions.

"I am treating it as a missing person inquiry," he added.

"All we know is that her husband dropped her off on the Whitesands between 0730 and 0800 GMT and she had a suitcase with her.

Marion Pagan Gibson or Hodge
34 years old
Worked as a bank clerk
5' 4" tall, slim build
Dark brown, collar length hair
Sharp features, fresh complexion, prominent teeth, brown eyes
Wore contact lenses or glasses

"There have been no other confirmed sightings of her since that day.

"We are asking anybody who knows anything about Marion's disappearance at this time to come forward - or anyone who knew her when she disappeared but didn't come forward at the time."

The mother-of-two, from Balgray Home Farm, Lockerbie, worked as a bank teller with the Clydesdale Bank in the town.

Police said that on the day she disappeared she was believed to have been carrying a blue suitcase and a brown handbag.

She was last seen in Dumfries but subsequent inquiries could find no trace of her.

A dedicated phone line has been set up for the inquiry on 01387 242355 or the confidential Crimestoppers line can be used on 0800 555 111.

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