The body recovered from the River Clyde in Glasgow has been confirmed as missing woman Kirsty Aitchison. The deaf mother-of-four went missing last Saturday (11 June) after a night out. She was last seen having an argument with another woman and walking barefoot carrying her black heels in her hand near the River Clyde after leaving friends at the city's Campus bar around 3am.
Police Scotland said that the discovery was made near the Kingston Bridge in Glasgow around 4:30pm on Saturday (18 June), close to where police divers had swept over last week.
The 30 year old was reported missing on Monday after failing to return home. Officers had searched her home and issued urgent appeals for help from locals and the deaf community. Police had released an image taken from CCTV of Kirsty walking through Glasgow city centre towards the River Clyde. Police said she was walking "quickly and with purpose".
Inspector Leigh McManus said: "From CCTV, we can see that Kirsty had taken her shoes off and was walking quickly and with purpose. Initial reports had suggested she had taken a taxi, but those have been dismissed. There is no suggestion that Kirsty entered a taxi or any vehicle."
Her friend Catriona Lafferty, believed that Kirsty may have been trying to get to the Grosvenor Casino Riverboart on the street to meet mates who were already there. " Some of our friends from the deaf community had been at the casino after the night out." Kirsty, who uses sign language to communicate, had been with a large group of friends at the Scotland Deaf Booze Crew 2 event at Campus.
Another close friend, Rachael Griffiths, who is also deaf, led the search and said that she has not been sleeping, eating or drinking since she found out her friend had disappeared. She said: 'At the beginning we just though she was at someone's house but then, as time went by, we got worried.
Her death is not being treated as suspicious and police said a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.
Chief Inspector John McBride is grateful for all the help from community members in the search for Kirsty: "We would like to thank members of the public and the Deaf/BSL community for their support and assistance throughout this investigation."
"Our thoughts and condolences are with Kirsty's family and friends during this difficult time."