Police have reissued an appeal to the killers of murder victim Margaret Fleming to reveal where her body is, on what would have been her 39th birthday.

Margaret was last seen at a Christmas party in 1999 when she was just 19 years old. 

She vanished from a dilapidated bungalow in Inverkip, Inverclyde, which she shared with the ‘carers’ who killed her - without anyone noticing for years.

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In 2016, police launched an investigation which quickly turned into a murder probe leading to the conviction of Edward Cairney and Avril Jones, however a body has never been found.

Cairney, 77, and Jones, 59, were jailed earlier this year for murder, abduction and fraudulently claiming more than £182,000 in benefits.

On Margaret’s 39th birthday, the detective who led the investigation made a direct appeal to Cairney and Jones to tell him where they disposed of their victim’s body.

Detective Superintendent Paul Livingstone said: "I would like to appeal directly to Edward Cainey and Avril Jones, on what would have been Margaret's 39th birthday.

Evening Times: Avril Jones and Eddie Cairney were jailed for Margaret's murderAvril Jones and Eddie Cairney were jailed for Margaret's murder

"If you have a shred of decency, you will answer the questions Margaret's family have to allow them to put her to rest.

"I have lodged formal requests with both lawyers, asking for information and reiterating an offer to meet me to discuss in person.

"Margaret was a very vulnerable young woman when she was abused, neglected, manipulated and murdered.

“It's only right that her family and friends get the opportunity to pay their final respects.

"Whilst there has been a conviction for her murder and two people are in prison, it doesn't mean that we will no longer act on information we receive about where her body is.

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“It's very important that she is given the funeral she deserves and for her family to be able to pay their respects to her.

"I would say again to Eddie Cairney and Avril Jones - your lies have caught up with you, so now do the decent thing and let Margaret's family know what has happened to her.”