FAMILY of missing Louise Tiffney have been contacted by police and are being kept informed after human remains were found near a stately home.
Forensic teams are combing the area near Gosford House, Longniddry, following Sunday’s discovery.
Single mother Louise, 43, vanished 15 years ago and her family always believed she was killed and her body buried at Gosford.
She was last seen leaving her home in Dean Path, Edinburgh, on May 27, 2002.
“Learning of these remains takes me back to the time when she first went missing,” Louise’s sister, June, 59, reportedly said.
“I used to go out on my own and search East Lothian and my family are the same. It made me ill.”
Louise’s son, Sean Flynn, then 21, was charged with her murder in 2005 but walked free after a jury returned a not proven verdict.
Officers are working to recover the bones – found off the A198 by a cyclist at about 6.30pm on Sunday – before trying to identify them.
“We are consulting with a number of experts to ensure that the remains are recovered in a sensitive and careful manner and no evidence that helps us to establish what happened is damaged or missed,” said Detective Superintendent Pat Campbell.
“I understand the anxiety of those who may be waiting for news of a missing loved one, but whilst the identity of the remains is unknown we cannot speculate.”
Det Super Campbell said that once the remains were identified, family members would be contacted.
“I want to again reassure the public that when we have new information we will act upon it and inform the next of kin of any person who is relevant to the investigation; this has been taking place and updates have been given,” he added.
“The death is being treated as unexplained and once the remains are recovered, there will be significant, detailed forensic analysis required to establish the cause of death and whether any crime has been committed.”
Uniformed officers are also on patrol to help protect and secure the area where the remains were found.
“The discovery at the weekend has caused both curiosity and concern and my officers are available to speak to in the area, carrying out additional patrols,” said Chief Inspector Matt Paden.
“We’re supporting the specialist teams involved in the recovery and the investigation, and are committed to returning the area to normal as soon as our inquiries have finished.
“Local diversions are currently in place and we’ve been liaising with transport partners to ensure people can go about their daily business.
“I’m very grateful for the support we’ve received from the local community and the Gosford Estate.”