South Scotland

Missing man Colin Law's body found after 14 years

Colin Law
Image caption Colin Law was reported missing from the village of Gordon in the Scottish Borders in May 1999

Police have confirmed that a man whose remains were discovered in the Scottish Borders last month was a teenager reported missing 14 years ago.

Colin Law, 19, from Gordon, was reported as a missing person in May 1999.

His remains were discovered in a wooded area near the village on 21 April.

Police Scotland said there were no suspicious circumstances and a report had been sent to the procurator fiscal.

The discovery of the remains sparked a police investigation in the woodland area known as Folly Wood.

They spent a number of days examining the scene in order to help identify the body.

There were repeated appeals for information to help trace the teenager after he went missing from his Berwickshire home on 16 May 1999.

A detailed description of Mr Law was issued but no leads were forthcoming which helped to trace him.

An extensive search was conducted in the area of Gordon Moss by officers in the days after his disappearance.

Two years later, following fresh information, dozens of police officers, search and rescue volunteers and specialist sniffer dogs combed the bogs, marshes and woodlands in and around the area but again no trace was found.

Remains were finally discovered by a passing walker last month and have now been identified as being those of the missing teenager.

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