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Peter Coshan murder probe cops hunt old motor in bid to find former teacher's body

Murder probe cops investigating the death of a retired Scottish teacher whose body has not yet been discovered are hoping to track down a car. Peter Coshan vanished from the Seafield Road area of Edinburgh around 11.50pm on Thursday, August 11, and was reported missing the next day.

Although the 75-year-old has not been traced, police believe him to be dead and are treating his disappearance as murder. Paul Black, 63, also known as Joseph Hillary, and Paul McNaughton, 27, have been charged in connection with the alleged incident and appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Thursday August 18.

Both men were also charged with theft and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Now detectives are appealing to the public in a bid to trace a car in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland area of England between Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 of August. The movements of the older style dark coloured Vauxhall Vectra, with a 57 registration plate is understood to be central to their investigation.

Officers are urging people to think back and consider if they saw something unusual during the hours of darkness on those days.

Detective Superintendent Andrew Patrick, of Police Scotland's Major Investigation Team, said: “This is obviously a very distressing time for Peter's family and our priority is to find him. I am therefore seeking the public’s help in trying to find Peter's body.

“I am appealing for anyone who may have been in the Scottish Borders and Northumberland, including travelling on the A7, the A68 or any others roads in these areas, during the hours of darkness on Monday, 15 August, and Tuesday, 16 August.”

An online portal has been set up for members of the public to give information directly to the Major Investigations team and can be accessed here.

Information can be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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