£10,000 Reward Offered For Information on Schoolgirl Murder

A charity is offering a £10,000 reward for information on the murder of schoolgirl Caroline Glachan.

The 14-year-old was attacked on August 25 1996, with her body being discovered on the banks of the River Leven in West Dunbartonshire.

She had suffered blunt trauma to the head and drowned.

Despite extensive investigations, no-one has ever been arrested in connection with her murder.

Now, 20 years on from her death, Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information passed directly to them which leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The charity said information passed to the police will not qualify for the reward.

Angela Parker, national manager for Crimestoppers in Scotland, said: "Twenty years on and Caroline's family are still left with unanswered questions as to what happened to her.

"I am asking for people who might have any information, no matter how insignificant they think it might be, to contact Crimestoppers anonymously because you could be the person that provides the missing pieces to the puzzle.

"We never ask who you are or any of your details. You'll never speak to anyone from the police or ever go to court. Please do the right thing and tell us who is responsible for taking a young girl's life.''

Caroline's mother Margaret McKeich, 60, recently made an emotional appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme, saying her life "basically ended'' when she was told of her daughter's murder.

Days before the appeal, she attended a press conference near the site Caroline was last seen alive and called on the community to reveal the killer.

She said: "I would urge anybody to come forward, just to give me that peace and to give me closure.''

Police Scotland are carrying out fresh DNA tests on evidence recovered from the crime scene and have had more than 30 calls with information since the Crimewatch appeal.

Caroline, from Bonhill, was last seen alive heading to meet her boyfriend in Renton, having spent an evening with friends.

She took a short cut from shops along Dillichip Loan towards The Towpath and the Black Bridge.

Police hope the fresh appeal will help them identify a hooded man who was spotted in the area on the night of the murder who has never been traced.

Crimestoppers urged anyone with information to contact them at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or on 0800 555 111.

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