Missing Person Appeal on Behalf of Lothian and Borders Police

Tue 11 May, 2010

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing to Edinburgh’s commuters to help them trace a woman who has been missing for almost a week.

Suzanne Pilley was last seen in Sainsbury's near St Andrew's Square after getting off a number 4 bus near Jenners at 8.48am on last Tuesday. However she failed to report for work in Thistle Street, where she works as a bookkeeper.

Tomorrow, on the one week anniversary of her disappearance, Lothian and Borders Police will be visiting the area where she was last seen to try and garner vital information to find her.

We will have a team of officers in the vicinity speaking to people who may recall seeing Suzanne as she made the short journey from Sainsbury’s to Thistle Street.

We would encourage anyone that may have any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, to speak to our officers tomorrow. We know that people may be rushing to make it to work on time, so we have also produced leaflets with a telephone number on them should people wish to phone later on in the day.

We assure you that, should you stop to pass information on, our officers will be as efficient as possible in taking details and will not hold you back for any length of time.

If this appeal has already jogged your memory, please contact Lothian and Borders Police as a matter of urgency on 0131 311 3131 or Crimestoppers in confidence and complete anonymity on 0800 555 111.

Finally, we would appeal to any city centre business who may have captured Ms Pilley’s movements on CCTV to contact us as a matter of urgency, and to store any footage past the usual seven day period.

She had earlier boarded a No 2 Lothian bus at Stevenson Drive at 8.20am getting off at 8.32am and changing to the No 4 at Dalry Road opposite Caledonian Terrace, departing 8.35am, where she sat on the top deck near the rear.

She is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build with short, light brown hair shaped into a bob.

When on the bus she was wearing a light blue waterproof jacket, red fleece zipped to the neck, light blue trousers or jeans and trainers. Suzanne was also carrying a shoulder bag and a large water bottle.

Ms Pilley was known to keep in regular contact with her friends and family and we know she texted her mother at around 8.30am on the day of her disappearance.

She has had no contact with anyone since then and failed to inform her employers that she would not be coming in, which is completely out of character.

BBC News: Missing woman Suzanne Pilley CCTV footage broadcast