Police given fresh hope over death of Betty Brown

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NEW leads into the death of Hawick woman Betty Brown have been uncovered after police stopped more than 300 vehicles in Cumbria, writes Kenny Paterson.

Cumbria Police announced yesterday that they are following up four statements from potential witnesses travelling on the A7 and A6071 between Longtown and Gretna last Friday.

DCI Jeff Ashton said: “This is an excellent result when you consider it has been a year since Betty was last seen, but we were always hopeful that we stood a reasonable chance of finding someone who may have seen her in the Longtown area, and the best way of finding that person was by stop-checking motorists.

“We will now follow these new leads in the hope that we can find answers for Betty’s family.”

The new information follows the case’s appearance on the BBC Crimewatch programme last month, which led to a caller claiming to have seen Mrs Brown speaking to a man on the X95 bus, from her home in Edinburgh to Carlisle, in May last year.

The 56-year-old went missing on May 28, 2010. Her body was discovered on January 18 this year in undergrowth near Longtown.