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Case File 865DFUK

Anderson, circa 1957

Moira McCall Anderson
Missing since February 23, 1957 from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland, United Kingdom.
Classification: Endangered Missing

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Circumstances of Disappearance
Moira Anderson disappeared from her Coatbridge home on 23 February, 1957, after going on an errand for her grandmother, during one of the worst snow storms that the area had ever known.
Police have always been convinced Moira was abducted while traveling home on a bus, then murdered. But her body has never been found.
The book "There is Evil" , written by Sandra Brown, indicates Moira was murdered by a convicted pedophile.
The suspect had always denied involvement, but in 1999 his friend, another convicted pedophile, made a deathbed confession that blamed the suspect for Moira's death. He claimed he sedated Moira with chloroform on his bus and abused her before leaving her in the vehicle where she died from extreme cold. He then allegedly dumped her body in a spot called Tarry Burn. But the scrawled deathbed "confession" was dismissed by the police chief investigating the case. The suspect was the driver of the bus that Moira Anderson was last seen boarding in Coatbridge. He was on bail at the time after having been arrested in connection with the rape of his daughter's 13-year-old babysitter. In 1992, officers questioned him but he denied any involvement and charges were never brought. He died in 2006.
Moira Anderson's sisters believe the remains of the 11-year-old lie hidden in a graveyard in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
The author used the proceeds of the book to set up a foundation named after Moira to provide counseling and legal advice to children and families affected by child sexual abuse.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Coatbridge Police Office
01236 502019


Source Information:
"No Final Solution" by Douglas Skelton
The Scotsman
Moria Anderson Foundation

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