Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

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 said 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, the day her mother turned 40.

Caroline from 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 that 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.

The trio appeared in Dumbarton Sheriff Court today.

They did not all appear before the indictment during private hearings and were remanded in custody.

No future court dates have been set, but they are expected to meet another court hearing in connection with the case next week.

An autopsy showed that Caroline was alive when she was thrown into the water and no drinks or drugs were found in her system.

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

It is understood that 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 behind the Vale of Leven Academy, on the banks of the river, an hour later.

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

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In August 2016, 20 years after Caroline’s death, the evidence was sent to the forensic laboratory at the Scottish Crime Campus in Gartcosh so that it could be examined by DNA experts using the latest scientific advances.

Following the arrests of Brand, Kelly and O’Brien, Scottish police thanked the public for their help in the investigation.

Detective Inspector Stuart Grainger of the large investigative team that was the senior investigating officer in the case said, “I would like to thank the members of the public who helped with our investigation and those who provided important information about Caroline’s death.”


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