Mother makes desperate plea for her daughter's killer to come forward as police begin new search of spot where she was found strangled 12 years ago
- Emma Caldwell, 27, found strangled in woodland in South Lanarkshire in 2005
- Six other Glasgow women were found murdered in the decade before her
- Today police began a new search to find items belonging to the woman
- Emma's mother Margaret Caldwell also made a fresh appeal to find the killer
- Detectives now believe Emma may have been seen at the bottom of Argyle Street in Glasgow on the night she went missing
The naked body of Emma Caldwell, 27, was discovered in a ditch in isolated woodland in Lanarkshire by a dog walker in May 2005
Police have begun a new search of the site where a woman who had been a prostitute was found dead 12 years ago.
The naked body of Emma Caldwell, 27, was discovered in a ditch in isolated woodland in Lanarkshire by a dog walker in May 2005.
Six other women who also worked the streets of Glasgow were found murdered in the decade before her - leading some to claim there were fears of a serial killer.
Police ruled out the theory and said prostitutes were statistically more likely to encounter violence.
But they faced criticism that they failed to fully investigate the deaths and began a detailed forensic search of Emma's last resting place.
A specialist team began exploring the woodland site in Roberton, near Biggar, South Lanarkshire, in a bid to recover items belonging to her.
The operation was launched on the 12th anniversary of the day Emma was last seen alive in April 2005.
Emma's mother Margaret Caldwell thanked the police and made a fresh appeal to find her daughter's killer.
She said: 'Today is always a difficult day for my family, as we are usually at home thinking of Emma.
Emma's (left) mother Margaret Caldwell (right) thanked the police and made a fresh appeal to find her daughter's killer
Police carrying out a new search today in the South Lanarkshire forest today where Emma Caldwell was found in 2005
'Every day I think of Emma, every day I grieve for her, as a mother I know my pain will never end.
'But I am here to make a direct appeal to those who know or suspect who the killer is.
'Please do the right thing, as long as the killer is still out there another life could be in danger.
EMMA CALDWELL TIMELINE
April 4, 2005: Last recorded sighting of Emma Caldwell. Detectives now believe Emma may have been seen at the bottom of Argyle Street in Glasgow on the night she went missing
May 2005: She was found strangled in woodland near Biggar, South Lanarkshire by a dog walker
2007: Four men were charged with strangling Emma before ditching her body
2008: Case against the men collapses
2013: One of the men settled out of court after suing police for £100,000
2015: A local man admitted taking Emma six times to the remote spot where her body was found. He initially denied knowing Emma but later drove officers to the woods 45 minutes south of Glasgow
Today: Police reveal they are carrying out new searches near where her body was found
'If you are the one who took Emma's life then I ask you to come forward, living with the guilt of taking her life must be dreadful.
'But if you have no conscience, then be aware my family and I will never give up on fighting for justice on Emma's behalf.
'We can do no less for we love and miss her every day, not just today.'
Emma's clothing and the belongings she had with her on the night she went missing have never been found.
The new search aims to recover any of those items, which also bring clear forensic opportunities that could assist the inquiry.
Police said they were keen to speak to anyone who uses this area, perhaps walkers, joggers, dog walkers or courting couples.
Detective Superintendent David McLaren said: 'Finding the person or people responsible for Emma's murder is a priority for us.
'Emma would have been 39 in October this year and it is important that her mother, Margaret finds peace after all this time.
'We have been working tirelessly to find that vital piece of evidence that will allow us to put the person that killed Emma behind bars and I firmly believe that there are people out there who can assist.
'The area where Emma was found is crucial in this investigation.
Police said they were keen to speak to anyone who uses this area, perhaps walkers, joggers, dog walkers or courting couples
'I'm particularly keen to hear from anyone who has been involved in prostitution and who may have been taken to the woods near Roberton.
'It's a remote location and would take around 40 minutes to travel there from Glasgow city centre on the M74.
'Even if you can't be sure if it's the same location you were taken to, please get in touch if someone has taken you out with the city centre.
OTHER GLASGOW WOMEN WHO WERE KILLED...
In 1991, Diane McInally, 23, was found dead in bushes in Pollok Park. Two men were charged with her murder but later released because of a lack of evidence.
In 1993, Karen McGregor, 28, a mother-of-two, was strangled and her body was found near the SECC car park.
Her husband, Charles, was tried for murder but the jury found the case not proven.
In 1995, Leona McGovern, 25, was found dead in a Glasgow car park, stabbed 17 times and throttled.
George Walker was cleared of her murder. A further man was questioned but eliminated from the police inquiries.
In 1996, Jacqueline Gallacher, 26, was found dead on a grass verge in Dumbartonshire.
Eight years later, a man was tried for her murder but the case was found not proven.
In 1997, Tracey Wylde, 21, was found beaten to death in her flat in Barmulloch, Glasgow.
In 1998, Margo Lafferty, 27, was murdered after picking up a client in Glasgow city centre. Brian Donnelly was jailed for life for the killing in 2001.
'I understand that some people are reluctant to come forward but we are not looking to cast judgments on people, I am only interested in finding information that could help us.
Detectives now believe Emma may have been seen at the bottom of Argyle Street in Glasgow on the night she went missing on Monday 4 April 2005.
Previously, the last recorded sighting of her Emma was on Butterbiggins Road in the south-side of the city.
Detectives think she may have got into a black saloon style vehicle similar to a BMW which it may have originated from the Dumfries area.
Margaret Caldwell sits alongiside solicitor Aamer Anwar (centre) and Detective Superintendent David McLaren during a press conference in East Kilbride
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Iain Packer, a regular client of Caldwell's, was at first treated as the main suspect and interviewed six times - but not charged.
The investiation then focused on a Turkish cafe in Glasgow and four men.
Huseyin Cobanoglu, 63, Halil Kandil, 42, Abubekir Oncu, 39, and Mustafa Soylemez, 44 were charged with strangling Emma before taking her body to the woodland.
But the case collapsed due to incompetence by the police and the Crown prosecution.
In 2013, one of the men settled out of court after suing police for £100,000.
In 2015, it was revealed that a local man had admitted taking Emma six times to the remote spot where her body was found.
He initially denied knowing Emma but later drove officers to the woods 45 minutes south of Glasgow.
Detectives now believe Emma (pictured when she was younger) may have been seen at the bottom of Argyle Street in Glasgow on the night she went missing on Monday 4 April 2005