The father of a woman found injured alongside her dead boyfriend three days after they were in a car crash police apparently failed to investigate has said her daughter in now on life support.
Lamara Bell (25) from Camelon was discovered on Wednesday by police investigating a report a car had gone off the M9 southbound carriageway at junction 9 near Stirling services and rushed to the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.
Officers found the driver of the Renault Clio, John Yuill (28), dead at the wheel.
Police Scotland, who launched a missing persons search on Sunday after worried relatives reported the couple had failed to return home when expected from a camping trip to Loch Earn, has now admitted they recieved a call late on Sunday morning regarding a car which was reported as being off the road near the scene, but it was not followed up.
It now appears Lamara, a mother of a nine-year-old daughter and son aged just five, spent three days seriously injured and trapped in the wreck with John, himself the dad of two young boys, dead just feet away.
Lamara’s father, Ossie, said: “She was in a field for three days after the accident because some nice guy that phoned it in was ignored by the incident room and the message was never passed on. Now my daughter is on life support. I am crying my eyes out. All I can ask from everybody is help - tell her to wake up!”.
An investigation has been launched by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner to determine why Police Scotland took so long to respond.
Assistant Chief Constable Kate Thomson, Local Policing East, said: “Police Scotland were called to ther M9 southbound near junction 9 at around 9.50am on Wednesday following a report of a one car road traffic collision involvng a Renault Clio which had left the road. Officers attended and the male driver of the car was sadly prounounced dead at the scene. The female passenger waa conveyed to Southern General, Glasgow, where she is in a critical condition.
“We believe that this is connected to the ongoing missing persons search for John Yuill and Lamara Bell.
“As part of our investigation into this incident, it has come to light that a call was made to police late on Sunday morning regarding a car which was reported as being off the road. For reasons currently being investigated, that report was not followed up at the time.
“Our thoughts are with both familes at this difficult time.”