A former police detective hopes that a new documentary about the murder of Margaret Fleming will put pressure on her killers to reveal where her body is 20 years after she went missing.
The horrific details of the disappearance of 19-year-old Margaret will come to light in Kym Marsh’s crime series, Murder at my Door.
When Margaret’s dad, Derek was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he feared for his daughter, who had learning difficulties.
He thought he had found the perfect solution when he asked family friends Edward Cairney and Avril Jones to help care for her when he died.
Little did he know that the pair would end up killing her.
In 1997, Margaret moved in with Edward and Avril. However, just two years later, she suddenly vanished.
Margaret’s body has never been found (Picture: AP/PA Images)
Margaret was 19 when she was last seen in December 1999, but it was not until October 2016 that a missing person investigation was launched.
Fake letters arrived from Margaret sporadically over the years, which led people to believe she was still alive.
During that time Edward and Avril were still claiming the vulnerable teen’s benefits.
Edward was a friend of Margaret’s dad (Picture: PA)
Avril has never told police where Margaret’s body is (Picture: PA)
Police believed that they murdered Margaret in late 1999 and then created a tissue of lies to make it seem as if she was still alive, even travelling the country to write letters purporting to come from her.
Former Head of Strathclyde Police Public Protection and Senior Investigating Officer, David Swindle told Metro.co.uk that he hopes the documentary helps police to locate where Margaret’s body is.
Margaret’s father left her with Avril and Edward after he died (Picture: AP/PA Images)
David Swindle hopes the documentary helps police locate Margaret’s body (Picture: AP/PA Images)
‘The sad thing is, is that Margaret trusted them. It was really callous stuff when it eventually came out,’ he told us.
‘The did an interview with BBC Scotland at the time and they said they hadn’t seen her in years and that she was out of the country.
‘They couldn’t find her body and her body still hasn’t been located.’
‘But from my perspective, what I would like to think is that the likes of the programme ups the pressure on them and eventually they say where her body is,’ he added.
‘Even today they still deny that they had anything to do with it. They went to the extent of writing fake letter from her and forging things like that.’
In June 2019 Edward and Avril were sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of Margaret and for fraudulently claiming £182,000 in benefits and perverting the course of justice.
Despite the couple being convicted of murder, police have never found Margaret’s body.
The four-part series Murder at my Door with Kym Marsh premieres on CRIME+INVESTIGATION with the first episode airing tonight.
Episodes will be available for 30 days on catch up and on-demand services.