Nov 24 2010 by Gordon Robertson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Murder probe launched in Whinhall after post mortem
A MAN has appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court in connection with the death of 24-year-old Coatbridge woman Karen Hughes.
Gary Finigan (34) was charged with her murder after her body was found on Sunday morning.
Police detectives began treating Karen Hughes’ death as murder following a post mortem on Monday.
She was found at around 7.45am on Sunday and the cause of death was immediately announced as suspicious.
Sources claim that the Coatbridge woman was stabbed to death.
And the police set up an incident unit in Whinhall Road, across from St Andrew’s Church, overlooking The Moss.
Forensic officers soon began scouring the area, a huge site which consists of a disused football pitch and a wooded area where Ms Hughes’ lifeless body was found.
But a nearby house in Whinhall Avenue, was also a focus for investigating officers.
Two uniformed cops could be seen standing on the path outside numbers eight and ten and police tape cordoned off the garden area around 200 yards from where the body was found.
A neighbour who shares the same block told the Advertiser: “This is terrifying.”
Local sources claimed that a car belonging to an associate of a suspect had been taken away for forensic examination.
Police released a statement saying they were following a number of lines of enquiry although no one has yet been charged in connection with the murder.
Detective Superintendent Alan Buchanan of Strathclyde Police’s major investigation team, said: “Officers are continuing to carry out door-to-door enquiries and are gathering CCTV footage in an effort to glean any further information that may be vital to this investigation. An incident caravan has been set up near the scene, and members of the public can speak to officers there about any concerns they may have and also to provide information.
“I urge anyone who was at that area between 5pm on Saturday night and 8am on Sunday morning to contact officers, as they may have unwittingly witnessed something vital to this investigation.
“Anyone with information should contact the Incident Room at Coatbridge Police on 01236 502000. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”