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Elizabeth 'Betty' Brown's family in Crimewatch appeal

23 May 11 10:36
Elizabeth Brown

An investigation into the death of an Edinburgh woman whose body was found in a Cumbrian quarry is to feature on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Elizabeth "Betty" Brown, 56, was last seen alive on 28 May last year on a bus on Nicholson Street in Edinburgh.

Her body was discovered in woods, near Longtown, Cumbria, on 18 January 2011.

Mrs Brown's daughter and sister will give an account of how her death has affected their lives on the BBC1 show, to be broadcast at 2100 BST on Tuesday.

'Loving person'

Det Ch Insp Jeff Ashton, of Cumbria Police, will also appeal for information and disclose new information he hopes will jog peoples' memories.

Sarah Smith, Mrs Brown's daughter, from Gretna in Dumfries and Galloway, said: "My mum was a very fun-loving person.

"She liked her hobbies, going out walking and swimming, just an all-in-all lovely person really.

"She loved her grandchildren, she was always there when her grandchildren were born.

"We just want to lay her to rest, you know, so that she's in peace."

Aldi bags

Mrs Brown's sister, Maureen McLauchlan, said: "She was just my sister Betty, and I loved her, really loved her, I just miss her so much.

"I can't imagine her walking from Longtown, where she would have got off the bus, down to that area on her own.

"You go through all the scenarios in your mind.

"I just feel there's something happened somewhere along the lines.

"I'll never see her again and it's sad. I've never had the chance to say goodbye to her."

Mrs Brown, had been missing from her home on Gorgie Road in Edinburgh since 28 May 2010.

She was last seen carrying two black Aldi bags while travelling on the number 3 bus in Edinburgh, which runs along Nicholson Street.

Det Ch Insp Ashton said: "We are treating Betty's death as suspicious.

"We have conducted appeals for information locally in Cumbria and Scotland and our officers have travelled on public transport between Edinburgh and Carlisle in a bid to uncover new leads."

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