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Missing Scotswoman’s Family Launch Fresh Appeal In Spain

The family of Lisa Brown, a mother of one child from Alexandria, Scotland, will launch a fresh appeal in the province of Cadiz, for information on her disappearance in Spain more than two years ago.

The appeal is supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Spanish authorities and is backed up by a reward of up to £100,000 from the family, which is supported by UK charity Crimestoppers.

Ms Brown was 31 when she vanished from her home in Guadiaro, Cadiz province, on November 4th 2015. Craig Douglas, Ms Brown’s brother, said their family believes that there is a ‘wall of silence’ among the English-speaking community in southern Spain over his sister’s disappearance.

“We are sure that people know what happened and ask them to think of a little boy who asks every night when his Mummy is coming home. We also hope that the reward might persuade people to tell us what happened,” Craig said in a press conference in Los Barrios, Cadiz, to launch this appeal.

Roger Critchell, Crimestoppers Director of Operations, said: “The family are desperate to find out what happened to Lisa. We understand that people are not always willing to go to the police, so we would urge them to contact Crimestoppers with 100% anonymity through our phone line and our online form.”

Roger Critchell also participated in the press conference, in which the British Ambassador Simon Manley said he hoped the launch of this appeal is effective.

“Citizen collaboration is essential in these kind of cases,” the Ambassador said. “Cooperation between Spanish and British security forces is another key element and both countries have an excellent relationship in this field.”

Those with information can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and 900 555 111 in Spain or via the web form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information-online/

The reward will be paid out to anyone providing substantial information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, or that results in identifying the whereabouts of the body. The reward will be valid for six months dating from 23rd March.

Crimestoppers is an independent charity which helps the police to solve crimes, making communities safer. It does this by operating the 24/7 telephone number 0800 555 111 which people can ring to pass on information about crimes anonymously. They can also use the Anonymous Online Form.

Around 14 people are arrested and charged every day as a result of information given to Crimestoppers.

Since Crimestoppers began in 1988, it has received over 1.8 million actionable calls, resulting in more than 140,000 arrests and charges. More than £135 million worth of stolen goods has been recovered and over £340 million worth of illegal drugs has been seized.

In 2005, Crimestoppers launched the UK’s ‘Most Wanted’ on its website which allows the public to view images of criminals and pass on vital information about their whereabouts. It has been highly successful, with over 4,000 arrests to date.

Operation Captura, the multi-agency campaign seeking UK fugitives in Spain, has seen 80 of 96 wanted individuals located since its launch in 2006.

Crimestoppers UK was founded by Lord Ashcroft, KCMG PC, Chairman of Trustees. In 1988, he launched Crimestoppers in the Metropolitan Police area.

Crimestoppers’ ‘call to action’ is built on a three-way partnership between the business community, the police and the media.