Detectives have launched a new call to find the body of Susan Waring, who was killed after she fled Scotland following a fire attack on her Bonhill home.
It has been three years since the last sighting of Susan Waring, 45, whose body was never found.
Tragic mother of five Susan Waring was left in a coma after her Redburn home was burned down with her trapped inside in July 2017.
Shortly after recovering, she moved to Lancashire, but 18 months later she was reported missing.
She was last seen on January 29, 2019 with Alan Edwards, who was later convicted of her murder and sentenced to a minimum of 27 years in prison.
Tomorrow (Saturday) will be the third anniversary of her disappearance and the police are issuing a new call to help find her.
Detective Chief Inspector Lukmaan Mulla, from Lancashire Police, said: “Her murder remains one of the most difficult and harrowing investigations I have ever faced.
“Susan, so vulnerable, was subject to horrific abuse by Alan Edwards, tragically ending in her murder.
“While his family has received justice with Edwards now serving a life sentence in prison, his suffering continues while his body remains missing.
“Edwards continues to deny Susan’s murder and as such does not reveal where he disposed of her body.
“I want to make a direct plea today to anyone with information about her disappearance to come forward.”
Susan began a relationship with Edwards after she returned to Lancashire following a fire in her West Dunbartonshire flat that nearly killed her.
We reported at the time how her neighbors in Redburn, Bonhill were awakened by her cries for help in the early hours of July 25, 2017.
They tried to reach her but were overwhelmed by smoke.
Firefighters rescued her from the flat and she was left fighting for her life after being put into a coma.
Susan had been living in Bonhill for about eight years at the time of the fire, but was originally from England. He was in a coma for nine days and moved south again shortly after recovering.
Her best friend Fran Paton, also from Redburn, said at the time: “She has a heart of gold and wouldn’t hurt a fly.
“We just can’t believe this happened to her.”
After returning to England, Susan was subjected to extreme violence by Edwards, who disposed of her body and then attempted to cover his tracks.
A forensic examination of her apartment found more than 100 bloodstains and traces of Ms. Waring’s DNA on a Halloween rubber skull mask Edwards wore as he was said to have hit her at close range.
She was the victim of multiple assaults by Edwards during their two-month relationship, and he saw her punched in the face on January 15, 2019, about two weeks before her family last heard from her.
The next day, he went to a medical appointment with multiple injuries, including severe bruising and swelling on his face.
Accompanied by Edwards, she was advised to seek medical attention at a hospital but sadly never did.
Susan was last seen on Tuesday 29th January 2019 in the company of Edwards at Asda in Darwen.
Susan’s family later reported her missing to the police, and the police later launched a murder investigation.
Det Ch Insp Mulla added: “I think someone knows where Susan’s body is and can help the police. I must emphasize that any information, no matter how small, could help our team find her.
“Any calls to the police will be treated in the strictest confidence.
“We want to find Susan and give her family some closure. Susan’s death and the subsequent investigation and trial have left them devastated.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 citing incident reference 0496 of 27 January.
Alternatively, the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimetoppers-uk.org.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.