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Taxi traced in missing woman hunt

Suzanne Pilley vanished more than a week ago in Edinburgh
Suzanne Pilley vanished more than a week ago in Edinburgh

Police searching for a woman who went missing on her way to work have traced a taxi firm whose car is seen in CCTV footage of her last known movements.

Office worker Suzanne Pilley set off for her job in the centre of Edinburgh on Tuesday 4 May but never arrived.

After a media appeal, the passenger who was in the taxi on Thistle Street at 0855 BST came forward.

Police have previously said that they were "gravely" concerned about the missing 38-year-old.

Det Ch Insp Gary Flannigan thanked witnesses for coming forward and appealed for anyone else who was in the area to contact police.

He said: "This was the first day back after the Bank Holiday Monday, so I'm asking anyone who was maybe going back to work in Thistle Street that morning to have another think, and try to remember if they saw the familiar figure of Suzanne."

CCTV footage

Ms Pilley, from the Stenhouse area of the city, was described as being white, 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build and short, light brown hair shaped into a bob.

Earlier efforts to trace Ms Pilley include a huge screen positioned in St Andrew Square, which displayed CCTV footage of her on the way to her office.

Ms Pilley boarded the no 2 bus at Stevenson Drive at 0820 BST, getting off at 0832 BST and changing to the no 4 bus at Dalry Road, opposite Caledonian Terrace.

She got off the bus at Jenners department store in Princes Street at 0848 BST then went into the Sainsbury's supermarket near St Andrew Square, but failed to report to her work in Thistle Street.

Her parents issued a plea for anyone with information to contact police.

In a statement, Robert and Sylvia Pilley described their daughter as a "very proud Scot", who loves the outdoors and enjoys cycling, walking and keep fit.

The statement added: "We miss her terribly as we were always in touch with her daily.

"The past week has just been like our worst nightmare - we almost cannot believe it is actually happening."



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