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Operation Hunt

Police Scotland is re-investigating the murder of Marion Hodge after she disappeared from Lockerbie in July 1984.


Details of Incident

Police Scotland is re-investigating the murder of Marion Hodge after she disappeared from Lockerbie in July 1984.

Detectives have 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.

Detectives from the Unresolved Homicide Investigation Team are appealing for information as they visit the local area, speak to original witnesses and encourage new witnesses to contact them.

Marion is understood to have been dropped off in the Whitesands area of Dumfries around 7.30am on Friday, 6 July, 1984. She was reported to be carrying a blue canvas suitcase and brown handbag, wearing a cream high collared blouse, grey skirt and black sandals. Three days later she was reported missing to Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

The mother-of-two lived in Balgray, Lockerbie, and worked in the town’s Clydesdale Bank. She was described as 5ft 4in tall, slim build with dark brown collar length hair. She was 34-years-old at the time of her disappearance.

Following her disappearance with no further sightings or contact, Marion was declared legally dead by the Court of Session, Edinburgh, in 1992. Her body has never been found.

Police Scotland’s Homicide Governance and Review Team keep unresolved inquiries under review, including those from legacy Scottish police forces, and meet with the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. If appropriate, the case is passed to the Unresolved Homicide Investigation Team.

Detective Inspector Stephen McGrath, senior investigating officer, said: “We understand how devastating it is for loved ones to never know what happened.

“We are trying to get answers for Marion’s family and friends and we’re asking the public for help.

“We’re appealing to anyone who remembers anything unusual leading up to Marion’s disappearance, any sightings in the Whitesands area or any other relevant information that might help our inquiry.”

Contact Information

Anyone with information can contact the dedicated inquiry team on 0141 305 4550 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or alternatively by submitting information via the link at the bottom of this page.