Policeman’s dad lay dead in hedges for 10 weeks

Lothian and Borders Police headquarters
Lothian and Borders Police headquarters

By Lizzie Beattie

The father of an Edinburgh policeman lay dead in hedges ten feet away from his front door as police spent ten weeks searching for him.

Alan Goulden was last seen on August 30th walking his dog outside his Maybury flat. Police used search dogs, divers, horse patrol and sent missing persons posters all over Scotland. But he was found in bushes less than ten feet away from his front door on Friday 7th by a member of the public.

Police also spent several days searching the area around Alan’s Maybury flat after his disappearance, and neighbour Diane Falcnor said: “They flattened the hedges just around the corner. But the ones where they are today weren’t flattened.” She added, “You think if someone was missing this would be the first place they would look.”

Alan Goulden’s son is a detective inspector for Lothian and Borders police but Graham Goulden was forced to take a backseat in the investigation.

Police have now ordered an inquiry into the whole operation. Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly said: “It is hugely important for the family, the public and my own staff that a transparent and independent review be carried out.” Adding that an officer from Strathclyde police would conduct the inquiry.

Alan Goulden was diabetic, and had left home without his insulin on the day he dissappeared. At the time of going to press, police were treating his death as “unexplained.”