Tributes pour in for young Lanarkshire woman Emma Baillie following tragic death


Tributes have been paid following the death of a woman found dead within a Lanarkshire home this week.

The body of Emma Baillie was discovered within a property in Calder Street in Coatbridge on Tuesday evening.

Confirmation comes as police launched an investigation into her death and that of 51-year-old, John Paul Duffy, whose body was found in a flat nearby two days before.



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A 46-year-old man has been charged in connection with both deaths, which the force says are being treated as murder.

Emma, ​​aged just 26, was today confirmed as the second death during a major probe in Coatbridge this week.

And people have already taken to social media to pay tribute to the former Coatbridge High pupil.

One pal wrote: “Sleep tight angel another life gone far 2 soon.”

Another added: “Fly high Emma you didn’t deserve to go.”

“Rip Emma Baillie gone to soon fly high”, a third posted.

The tragic news was met by reactions of “Absolutely heartbreaking”, and “RIP Emma,” also.

One commenter said: “This is horrific! Those poor families having to go through this heartache.”

Meanwhile thoughts were with the families of both alleged victims, as a social media user wrote: “RI P too yous both thinking of the poor families at this sad time.”

“So young & sad to be taking so soon,” added another.

Another friend wrote: “Fly high Emma ma girl”, with another adding: “Fly high gbnf.”

Police have confirmed a man arrested this week has been charged and is due to appear at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Saturday, April 16.

Officers attended High Coats Flats in Coates Street in the town following a concern for person call on Sunday.

As part of their investigation officers also attended at a property nearby in Calder Street around 5.35pm on Tuesday.

Both deaths were believed to be linked.

DCI Graham Grant told Lanarkshire Live today: “I would also like to reassure the public that officers are working to establish the full circumstances of what has happened and there is an increased police presence in the area.

“Extensive inquiries are continuing into both deaths and we are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen either of them in recent weeks as we seek to establish their movements.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.

Alternatively, information can be left anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Detectives have also set up an online portal to encourage members of the public to submit information.

The Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP) is a website that gives the public access to a form so they can send information directly to the major incident teams based at the Scottish Crime Campus and can be accessed here.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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