Take a look back at Edinburgh cold cases that are yet to be solved. The circumstances that led to the deaths of these Edinburgh locals are yet to be determined, and while police have theories, their killers could still be wandering the city’s streets. Decades have passed since the murders – but the victims’ families are still looking for answers.
These are 10 of the most tragic unsolved murder cases from Edinburgh and the Lothians.
9. Robert Higgins
The true circumstances behind the death of Robert Higgins have never been determined. The 35-year-old Edinburgh man, who lived with his mother in Dalmeny, disappeared on his walk home from the pub in 1995. His body was found in a quarry in Kirkliston, after he was brutally stabbed to death. A man, William Arthurs, went on trial for the murder in 2007, but he walked free after the jury found the charges 'not proven'. Photo: BILL HENRY
10. Elizabeth Mackintosh
While this murder didn't take place in the Capital, it involves a local woman. Elizabeth Mackintosh, who was originally from Edinburgh but emigrated to America, was killed at a seminary in Missouri in 1990. The 50-year-old student was found strangled and stabbed in the toilets of a chapel at the religious college. Earlier this year, detectives identified a suspect, a fellow student at the seminary who had argued with Elizabeth the day before her murder. However, he was not charged due to a lack of sufficient evidence, meaning the 33-year-old case remains a cold one. Detectives in America are hoping to soon bring charges in a 33-year-old cold case where an Edinburgh student was murdered in March 1990. Photo: NW