Hello, my loyal true crime readers and listeners. There is an update in this case! On November 25, 2021, three individuals appeared in court charged with the murder of Caroline Glachan.
Andrew Kelly and Donna Brand, both 42, and Robert O’Brien, 43, have yet to make a plea or declaration and have been remanded in custody. They would have been 16, 17 and 18 when prosecutors contend they killed Caroline. No future court dates have been set, but the trial will likely be held at some point in 2022.
Authorities have yet to explain how they connected these individuals to Caroline’s murder. However, Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Grainger, of the major investigations team, shared: “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.”
Caroline’s mom, Margaret McKeich, told the media, “I’m just trying to digest it all. The last 25 years have been long. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve always had faith in the police, they have been great. They couldn’t have given me a better Christmas. I just want answers.”
Case File Overview
Caroline spent the evening of August 24th with her friends. CCTV images show Caroline and her best friend Joanne Menzies leaving a local building at around 11:45 pm. Caroline is wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt in the video footage. She said goodbye to Joanne near the Bonhill shops at 11:54 pm, heading off to meet her new boyfriend. Caroline was last seen by a taxi driver at approximately 12:15 am. She was taking a shortcut along Dillichip Loan towards The Towpath and the Black Bridge. She was never seen alive again.
Crime scene along the west bank of the River Leven
An autopsy later revealed that Caroline had suffered blunt force trauma and was drowned.
Caroline’s murder remains unsolved.
Case File Theories
There is only one real theory in this case: Caroline was killed by a local and the identity of this person is being kept secret by individuals in the community. The police are positive that someone in the local community holds the key to unlocking this case. It’s unclear, though, who this “someone” might be. Caroline’s new boyfriend? Someone known to Caroline? A stranger? Caroline hadn’t been robbed or sexually assaulted. This makes me seriously wonder about the motive behind this “violent attack.”
There is, however, a person of interest in Caroline’s case. A taxi driver, who had known Caroline since she was a child, saw her walking along Dillchip Loan at around 12:15 am. He also saw a man approaching Caroline from behind. The man was wearing a dark green hooded top and had “sharp features.” He was 20-25 years of age and approximately 5 foot 6 inches tall (168 centimetres). Other witnesses in the area reported hearing screams around the time Caroline was last seen.
Composite sketch of the person of interest
The authorities are still actively working on Caroline’s case. They are in process of re-interviewing witnesses and obtaining sample references of DNA. With the advances in forensic technology, they are testing over 300 items collected throughout the course of the investigation.
Who do you think murdered Caroline?
Caroline’s loved ones are steadfast in their quest for answers. Like the authorities, they believe that someone in the local community knows something. Joanne, Caroline’s best friend, explained, “Caroline was only 14 when she was murdered. There’s people who know who done it, or who are shielding whoever done it and I would ask them to come forward.” Carolines mother, Margaret McKeich, implores those with information to come forward. She told the media, “The public have a part to play and I would urge anyone with information to come forward, to let Caroline rest in peace and give me closure. There are two questions I need answered – who and why?” As a heartbreaking aside, Caroline was murdered on her mother’s 40th birthday; I can’t even imagine how utterly terrible it must be every year for her mother when her birthday rolls around.
Anyone with information about Caroline’s murder should contact the Operation Fairing Team through 101. Email officers through [email protected].
Alternatively, Crimestoppers can be contacted on 0800 555 111, maintaining anonymity.
“Three Accused of Murder of Scots Schoolgirl Caroline Glachan Back in Court.” Daily Record, December 3, 2021.
“Caroline Glachan: Mum of Schoolgirl Found Dead in 1996 Says Cops ‘Couldn’t have given her better Christmas’ as 3 Charged.” The Scottish Sun, November 26, 2021.
“Caroline Glachan: Three Charged With 1996 Murder of Schoolgirl.” BBC News, November 25, 2021.
“Three Appear in Court Charged With 1996 Murder of Scottish Schoolgirl.” The Guardian, November 25, 2021.
Caroline Glachan – Police Scotland file overview
Police Report an International Response in Caroline Glachan Murder Hunt – Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter article
Locals ‘Could Hold Key to Caroline Glachan Murder’ – STV News article
Fresh Police Appeal 21 Years On From Teenager Caroline Glachan’s Murder – ITV News article
Police Probing the Murder of Bonhill Teen Caroline Glachan to Hand Report to Crown – Daily Record article