Caroline Glachan: Three local people appear in court over 1996 death of Bonhill schoolgirl

Caroline Glachan
Caroline was a pupil at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School at the time of her death.

By Bill Heaney

Two men and a woman have appeared at Dumbarton Sheriff Court after police arrested the trio in connection with the death more than 25 years ago of Bonhill  schoolgirl Caroline Glachan

They are Andrew Kelly, 42, Robert O’Brien, 43, and Donna Brand, 42, who made no plea or declaration when they appeared in private and were remanded in custody for further examination. They are due to reappear in court within the next eight days.

The body of 14-year-old Caroline Glachan was discovered on the banks of the River Leven, near Place of Bonhill in Renton on August 25, 1996.

This morning, Thursday, Police Scotland confirmed three people had been charged in connection with her death.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Grainger, of the Police Scotland major investigations team, said: “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.”

Searches after Caroline's body was discovered
Caroline’s body was found on the banks of the River Leven in August 1996

Caroline, who lived with her mother, Margaret, in Bonhill, was a pupil at Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton at the time of her death.

Her friend Joanne Menzies was one of the last people to see Caroline at shops near her home at 23:54 on 24 August.

She was last seen at about 00:15 when she walked down Dillichip Loan towards Dillichip Bridge, known locally as the Black Bridge – which no longer exists – and then on to the River Leven towpath.

The teenager’s body was discovered later that day on what was her mother Margaret McKeich’s 40th birthday.

Caroline’s death went on to feature on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme and became one of Scotland’s most high-profile unsolved cases.

The most recent appeal for witnesses to come forward followed the high profile death of Sarah Everard, the young English woman who was brutally murdered by a serving police officer.

One comment

  1. Good news. I remember that. She was found at “The Flowers” where we fish. I walked round that spot for a long time. I asked the anglers but nobody knew anything. It happened late Sat into Sunday. There’s no fishing on a Sunday. Bonhill Bridge Pool was the place to be at night anyway. It was named after Harry Flowers who worked in the big house there and fished there. His son was one of the solicitors who introduced Legal Aid into Scotland. Yeah! It was terrible. Everyone was struck by that. I expect we’ll all find out what happened now.

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