Remains identified as missing Gordon man Colin Law

Colin Law
Colin Law

Police have confirmed that the remains found in a wood close to Gordon last month are those of Colin Law who went missing 14 years ago.

The grim discovery was made by a member of the public walking close to the village on the afternoon of Sunday, April 21 and they immediately informed police.

Police and forensics investigators quickly arrived on the scene and now a month later the remains have been identified as Colin who was last seen leaving his step father’s house on May 16 1999 and reported missing three days later.

He was 19-years-old at the time.

Giving an official statement, a police spokesperson said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and a report had been sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

Paying tribute to her son, Colin’s mother simply said: ‘Colin, I will miss you everyday for the rest of my life.”

Colin’s sudden disappearance proved puzzling to both the police and his family, but a ‘Berwickshire News’ article from January 20, 2000, suggested they feared the worst after Colin had made no attempt to cash his giro cheque or withdraw any money.

Investigations were still continuing in May, 2001, two years after Colin went missing, when DCI George Simpson, then head of CID at Lothian and Borders Police, told ‘The Berwickshire’ that his disappearance “remained a mystery.”

In September of that year, following fresh information, including a confirmed sighting of Colin at Gordon Moss, dozens of police officers, search and rescue volunteers and specialist sniffer dogs combed the bogs, marshes and woodlands in and around the Moss west of the village but no trace was found.