Police question two over missing woman

3 July 1998
The Scotsman
John McCann

STRATHCLYDE Police are to question two convicted paedophiles over claims that one confessed to killing Alison McGarrigle, 40, who has been missing from her home in Rothesay for more than a year.

Officially police have dismissed as "speculation" claims that Charles O'Neill, 35, confessed to fellow-inmates at Glasgow's Barlinnie prison that he killed Ms McGarrigle and that she was "feeding the fish in Rothesay harbour".

But last night a police source confirmed that officers will interview O'Neill, 35, and his cousin William Lauchlan, 21, who await sentence after they were convicted of a series of sex attacks on six boys aged between nine and 17.

Their pleas of not guilty to attacks on nine other boys were accepted by the court.

While police continue to treat the woman's disappearance as a missing persons case, one line of inquiry is that Ms McGarrigle, who has three children, may have stayed with the men at a flat they rented in Largs.

Members of the missing woman's family have repeatedly appealed for information.

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