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Trio behind bars over alleged murder of Scots schoolgirl 25 years ago

Three people have been remanded in custody for allegedly murdering a schoolgirl who was found dead a quarter of a century ago.

Donna Brand, Andrew Kelly and Robert O’Brien are alleged to have killed Caroline Glachan more than 25 years ago.

They were 17, 16 and 18 at the time prosecutors claim they killed the 14-year-old.

Caroline Glachan, 14, was found dead in August 1996, on the day her mum turned 40.

Caroline, of Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, was found dead, partially submerged in the River Leven, in nearby Renton.

She was discovered on the morning of August 25, 1996, the day of her mother’s 40th birthday.

And today Police Scotland confirmed they had arrested the trio in connection with Caroline’s death.

Brand, 42, Kelly, 42, and O’Brien, 43, who are all from Dumbarton, appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court to face a single charge of murder.

Trio behind bars over alleged murder of Scots schoolgirl 25 years ago
The trio appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court today.

They all made no plea to the charge during private hearings, and were remanded in custody.

No future court dates have been set, but they are expected to make a second court appearance in connection with the case next week.

A post-mortem showed Caroline was alive when she was dumped in the water and no drink or drugs were found in her system.

She was fully clothed apart from her shoes, which were still on the river bank when her body was found.

It’s understood she and her best friend, Joanne Menzies, had spent the evening together before the teenager decided to meet her boyfriend shortly before midnight.

It was reported that someone heard a scream coming from behind Vale of Leven Academy, on the banks of the river, an hour later.

At the time, police issued an artist’s impression of the man and everything from the crime scene was retained by officers and filed away.

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In August 2016, 20 years after Caroline’s death, the evidence was sent to the forensic lab at the Scottish crime campus at Gartcosh, so it could be examined by DNA experts using the latest scientific advancements.

Following the arrests of Brand, Kelly and O’Brien, Police Scotland thanked the public for their help in the probe.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Grainger, of the Major Investigation Team, who was Senior Investigating Officer on the case, said: “I would like to thank the members of the public who have assisted with our investigation and those who have come forward with important information surrounding Caroline’s death.”




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