Updated: Body found during search for missing pensioners

Search for Kathleen and Rosemary – body found

SEARCH TEAMS HAVE found a body during their search for two missing women.

The body was recovered close to the Bridge of Sourden in Speyside and has not yet been identified.

Search teams consisting of police divers, coastguards, helicopters and rescue dogs have been conducting a detailed search around Aberlour and Rothes for two women who went missing in separate reports on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A spokesman said: “As part of efforts to trace missing persons Kathleen Edward, 85, from Aberlour, and Rosemary Laing, 77, from Rothes, Police can confirm that a body has been found near to the Bridge of Sourden.

“The body is still to be formally identified, but the families of both Kathleen Edward and Rosemary Laing has been made aware.”


Police have now confirmed two bodies have been recovered in the area of Bridge of Sourden in the Rothes area.

The bodies have been formally identified as 85 year old Kathleen Edward and 77 year old Rosemary Laing.

Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie, Area Commander for Moray said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their help and information in relation to the searches for both ladies. The support from the public for both of these sad and unconnected cases has been very much appreciated.

“I would also like to express our gratitude for the assistance we’ve received from the Coastguard and members of the Braemar Mountain Rescue Team.

“Our condolences go to the families of Kathleen and Rosemary.”