Unsolved Murders

Emma Caldwell

Age: 27

Sex: female

Date: 14 Apr 2005

Place: Roberton Woods, Biggar, South Lanarkshire

Source: www.dailyrecord.co.uk

Emma Caldwell was found dead in Roberton Woods near Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

She was found naked in a ditch by a dog walker on Sunday 8 May 2005 near Kilnpotlees, between Roberton and Rigside. When her body was found it was in an advanced state of decomposition and the police were unable to determine when she died.

No cause of death is stated.

She was a heroin addict and a prostitute. At the time she had been staying in a woman's hostel in Govanhill.

She was last seen alive in CCTV footage on 4 April 2005 walking along Inglefield Street at about 11pm which was about 70 miles away from Roberton Woods. It was also thought that she might have been seen at about 11.30pm at the bottom of Argyle Street getting into a black saloon car, like a BMW, that was similar to someone that regularly went to Glasgow who came from the Dumfries area.

She had been seen shortly before walking along Butterbiggins Road going towards Victoria Road, in Govanhill.

It was thought that she had died soon after her last sightings.

When she was found her fake fur jacket that she had been wearing on the night was missing. It was dark brown with darker brown collar and cuff trims. It had come from Primark. Her bag was also missing.

The police later found CCTV footage of a woman getting into a silver Skoda Felicia car near a casino in Broomielaw. The police later traced all vehicles of that type in Scotland and questioned their owners and drivers.

Four Turkish men were charged with her murder but released after the case against them collapsed in mid-2008. One of the Turkish men later sued the police for false arrest and was awarded an out-of-court settlement. One of the Turkish men had been a client of Emma Caldwell. The Turkish men had been considered suspects and a surveillance operation was set up and a cafe that they used was observed during which the police recorded what they thought were incriminating conversations. However, the translations from Turkish were later challenged and the case collapsed. It was said that they had murdered Emma Caldwell at the cafe and then driven her out to the wood where they had dumped her.

There was also another local suspect who was said to have been an obsessive user of prostitutes with a very violent history. The man, when interviewed, had admitted taking Emma Caldwell to Roberton Woods before on several occasions.

A woman claimed that she had seen and spoken to Emma Caldwell on 8 April 2005 on a Glasgow subway train. The woman said that she contacted the police twice about the sighting, leaving messages on their hotline number but was never called back. She said that she saw Emma Caldwell, who she didn't know, get on at St Enoch's underground. The woman said that she had some flowers with her and that the woman that she said looked like Emma Caldwell had commented that they were nice flowers and that they had had a short chat.

Her friends had also stated that Emma Caldwell had told them that she thought that she was being stalked by a black cab driver and that she had even changed her regular location to avoid his attention.

A woman that had run the Salt and Light support group for prostitutes in Glasgow had said that she had noticed a change in Emma Caldwell's behaviour in the months before she was murdered saying that she had become gaunt and withdrawn.

Emma Caldwell was 5ft 6ins tall, slim, and had shoulder-length hair and grey-blue eyes. She also had a heart-shaped tattoo on her back.


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