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Former teacher ‘is feared murdered’: Two men are due in court after disappearance of 75-year-old


Retired teacher at Tony Blair’s former school Fettes College ‘is feared murdered’: Two men are due in court after disappearance of 75-year-old

  • Peter Coshan was last seen in Edinburgh at around 11.50pm last Thursday
  • Mr Coshan, a retired biology teacher, was reported missing the following day
  • Two men have been arrested and charged in connection with the disappearance

Detectives are treating the disappearance of a former teacher at one of Scotland’s leading private schools as murder.

Peter Coshan – who taught at Fettes College in Edinburgh – was last seen in the Seafield area of the city at around 11.50pm on Thursday last week.

The retired biology teacher was reported missing the next day.

Two men, aged 27 and 63, have been arrested and charged in connection with the disappearance.

Peter Coshan was reported missing last week. He was last seen in the Seafield area of Edinburgh

Peter Coshan was reported missing last week. He was last seen in the Seafield area of Edinburgh

Police have said that they believe 75-year-old Mr Coshan is dead and are treating the case as murder.

His body has not yet been recovered. The two men are due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today. Mr Coshan taught at Fettes College – which counts former Prime Minister Tony Blair among its alumni – between 1972 and 2005.

While he was there, Mr Coshan ran the Duke of Edinburgh scheme for 33 years, presiding over the first expedition in which a female pupil took part.

Former students at the £9,275-a-term school were among those to pay tribute to the teacher. Jozefine Cox said: ‘He was one of my teachers and the kindest gentleman who had time for anyone who needed support, a laugh or just a good chat. Please help find him so his family can lay him to rest.’

Fettes College where Mr Coshan taught between 1972 and 2005

Fettes College where Mr Coshan taught between 1972 and 2005

Mr Coshan’s disappearance was described as ‘out of character’ and sparked a huge police search.

Police Scotland’s major investigation team is appealing to the public for any information in connection with Mr Coshan’s death. Detective Superintendent Andrew Patrick said: ‘Our thoughts are very much with Peter’s family at this difficult time. Extensive inquiries are ongoing to trace Peter and I would encourage anyone with any information regarding Peter’s disappearance to contact police as a matter of urgency.

‘Any piece of information could prove vital – so please do pass it on to officers.’



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