The Northern Scot's Arlene Fraser and Nat Fraser files: 2003 – A close bond which will never be broken
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This story appeared in the Northern Scot, February 7, 2003.
WHILE at all times DS Willie Robertson had to be conscious of maintaining some measure of professional distance, he said that the close bond will never leave him and he will remain in contact with the family for the rest of his life.
At present he is still officially FLO to the family, but that is currently under review.
An officer who dealt with Dunblane families has been consulted about the best time to withdraw support to the family.
DS Robertson could, if he wished, walk away from Grampian Police today (Friday) with a well earned pension in his pocket.
However, the experience of the last five years and his commitment to see the Arlene Fraser inquiry through to its end – he turned down promotion to inspector last year because it would have taken him away from the case – has convinced him to remain in the force.
And while his focus will switch to other things in the coming weeks and months, he said there remained some unanswered questions which only one man can answer.
"The family still haven't been able to give Arlene a decent Christian burial and finish their grieving process.
"My thoughts and sympathies are still with Arlene's family, and until Nat tells us what he has done, there can be no forgiveness from the family or the wider Moray community," he said.
Arlene's mother, Mrs Isabelle Thompson, said the support from the police had been "absolutely brilliant".
"They always said they would get to the bottom of what happened to Arlene, and we couldn't have asked for more support or dedication," she said.