Specialist search teams, including air support, were brought in to look for Julie Sowerby, 68, after the alarm was raised and International Rescue Corps took part in the search.
All times are approximate.
- At 23:30 a call was received from John S Anderson, with information that police in Linlithgow were searching for a missing woman.
- 23:32 call police 101 number and was connected to Stirling control who said they would contact Edinburgh who would be controlling the situation.
- 23:34 Call from Police requesting our assistance and the Thermal Imaging Camera and to make our way to Linlithgow Police Station
- 23:35 Mobilise members available from closest location to Linlithgow
- 23:50 Arrive Linlithgow P.S and were assigned two officers who would accompany us to first search area. A reported sighting of the lady was here at 22:00. Members of the public had been assisting in search. We were asked to search the wooded areas.
- Due to an inclement weather forecast for the early hours of the 24th, time was critical.
- 00:15 Arrive at first location. Partially wooded, bordering on water with houses close by.
- 01:50 Search of area completed.
- 02:00 Return to Police Station for warm drink.
- 02:20 Requested to search a large open field area where she has walked her dog in the past.
- 02:30 Begin Search of path and field.
- 03:40 Search of area completed.
- 03:50 Return to Police Station and stood down by Inspector in charge.
- 04:20 Arrive home
Willie McMartin, Rab Barrie.
Equipment: Thermal Image Camera.
Weather: Mix of mild, to torrential, horizontal rain to strong, very cold wind . Gale force winds and snow were forecast for 24th from approx 06:00
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