The heartbroken mum of Emma Caldwell has thanked Police Scotland after they confirmed an arrest had been made in connection with her death.
Margaret Caldwell spoke at a press conference with solicitor Aamer Anwar in Glasgow this afternoon following the announcement.
Iain Packer, 49, from the Glasgow area has been arrested in connection with the death of the 27-year-old sex worker 17 years after her body was found.
He remains in custody.
Margaret Caldwell said the family are grateful to those who have worked tirelessly on the investigation since it was reopened in 2015.
Speaking at a Police press conference this afternoon, Solicitor, Aamer Anwar said: “Margaret and her family are truly grateful to the detectives from Police Scotland and the Lord Advocate Dorothy Bain’s team who have worked tirelessly in reinvestigating the murder of Emma since we met with the then Lord Advocate in 2015. “
Mr Anwar also went on to pay tribute to Margaret Caldwell.
“A mother through the love of her child has never given up on her struggle for justice.
“The investigation into Emma’s death continues and her family would urge anyone with information, no matter how significant, they might it is, to please come forward and speak to Police Scotland.
“I would also ask that Margaret’s privacy and that of her family is respected.
“As proceedings are now live, it will be inappropriate to comment further other than to say that nothing should be done to interfere with the administration of justice. Thank you.”
Emma’s body was found in woods near Biggar, South Lanarkshire, in May 2005 having been reported missing a month earlier.
She was last seen between 12.30am and 1.30am on 5 April on London Road, Glasgow.
Following consideration by senior lawyers in the Crown Office and tireless campaigning by her mother, Margaret Caldwell, the unsolved case was reopened in 2015.
In a statement released following the news of the arrest, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Graeme Mackie, said: “Police Scotland officers have undertaken a significant amount of work re-investigating all the circumstances surrounding Emma’s death following instruction from the Lord Advocate in 2015 .
“This is a complex and challenging investigation and I would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts in getting us to this point of a man being arrested earlier today.
“Emma’s family, in particular her mother Margaret, have shown incredible resilience and determination since her death in 2005 and I would like to pay tribute to that today.
“We have remained in close contact with them during this investigation and officers have updated Margaret on this significant development.
“The investigation into Emma’s death continues and I would urge anyone with information, no matter how small or insignificant they might think it is, to please come forward and speak to us.
“As legal proceedings are now live we are unable to comment further.”