Marlborough mayor praises help given in search for missing Sian

Written by Gerald Isaaman on .

Praise for local residents who helped with the search in Savernake Forest for missing Swindon girl Sian O’Callaghan, since found murdered, have earned praise from Marlborough’s mayor, Councillor Andy Ross.

He welcomed too the support of local traders who displayed scores of police Missing notices for 22-year-old Sian within hours of her disappearing en route home from a night out in Swindon.

“The empathy shown in Marlborough for someone in trouble was tremendous,” said Councillor Ross, who himself offered Wiltshire police whatever help to town council could give in discovering her whereabouts.

“It is always encouraging the sympathetic way people react when they are confronted with tragic circumstances like this. I a full of admiration for what the traders in particular did in trying to trace Sian and sad at the outcome.”

Taxi driver Chris Halliwell, of Ashbury Avenue, Swindon, has been charged with the murder of Sian, whose body was later found at White Horse Hill, Uffington, in Oxfordshire.

He is now on remand in custody awaiting trial.