POLICE Scotland called off their search of a stretch of the Monklands Canal near Coatbridge, after an examination of bones recovered from canal silt turned out to be animal remains.
Divers and underwater search experts had hoped to find the remains of 11-year-old Moira Anderson who vanished in 1957, but a five-day search produced items which were ruled out by forensic experts at the University of Dundee as having any connection with Moira Anderson. Her final resting place remains a mystery.
Detective Superintendent Pat Campbell said: “Over five days a significant number of bones were recovered from areas of interest on the canal, but, following expert examination, they were found to be animal remains. The search at this conclusion has been extensive and thorough and no human remains have been recovered.”
Immediately after the conclusion of the search and the removal of all specialist, police equipment, the canal stretch near Carnbroe, was re-opened to all users.