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Perthshire man’s disappearance and death to feature in new Netflix documentary

Lorry driver Adam Alexander was reported missing from Errol in November 1999.

Adam Alexander's mum Tricia Bremner and sister Gillian Watson are featuring in a new Netflix documentary about his disappearance. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
Adam Alexander's mum Tricia Bremner and sister Gillian Watson are featuring in a new Netflix documentary about his disappearance. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson

The disappearance and death of Perthshire man Adam Alexander is set to be the focus of a new Netflix documentary.

Lorry driver Adam was reported missing from Errol in November 1999.

It became one of Scotland’s most notorious missing person cases until 2007, when a former business partner of the 38-year-old was charged over his death.

Thomas Pryde later admitted killing Adam in a fight.

He was jailed for 10 years for culpable homicide, despite there being no body.

Family insist remains were not Adam’s

Remains were finally found in the search for Adam in 2012 in the Carse of Gowrie, just a few miles from his home.

The Crown Office later said DNA analysis confirmed the bones belonged to Adam.

But some members of his family are convinced the bones are not his and that more people were involved in his death.

They believe there should still be an active police investigation into what happened to him.

Adam with his two dogs. Image: Tricia Bremner.

Now mum Tricia Bremner and sister Gillian Watson are set to appear in the second season of the Netflix documentary series When Missing Turns to Murder.

The documentary – which airs later this year – follows the story of Adam’s disappearance and the developments that followed.

It also features interviews with Detective Chief Inspector Roddy Ross, who led the investigation into Adam’s death.

Tricia and Gillian hope the documentary will help them in their ongoing search for answers.

Tricia says she is still searching for answers. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson

At the time remains were found, Tricia said she had doubts they belonged to Adam because officers had previously used police dogs to search the area at the time of his disappearance and found nothing.

Speaking after filming the documentary, she told The Courier: “The police will tell you that they did (find Adam’s remains) but they’re not Adam’s bones.”

Tricia says she insisted on seeing the bones at the morgue following the discovery but does not want to elaborate on her why she believes the remains do not belong to her son.

Mum’s head ‘bursting’ when police revealed arrest

Tricia has described the moment she was told by police that someone had been arrested over Adam’s death.

She said: “I went up to the police station and the liaison officer took me into this wee room at the side and he said to me, ‘We have arrested someone that has admitted to killing Adam’.

“You’d have thought that someone had taken a shotgun to my head because it was bursting, it was horrible.”

Thomas Pryde was jailed in 2010 for culpable homicide.

While Tricia and Gillian believe Pryde had some involvement in Adam’s death, they say they do not think he killed Adam.

Gillian said: “We know he’s been murdered – we know that for a fact.

“We know Tom Pryde didn’t do it but we know he took the blame.

“We think there were about five or six people involved.

“We don’t let people forget – they haven’t found Adam’s bones.”

Police and forensics officers after the discovery of remains in the search for Adam. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson
Tricia with police at the scene following the discovery. Image: Bob Douglas/DC Thomson

Tricia says she will continue to search for answers, even though the investigation into the case is now closed.

She continued: “It’s beyond heartbreaking because people out there know that they could help us close that door.

“I have to finish this by finding Adam’s body, his bones.

“He didn’t deserve what happened to him in life.”

Trisha holding a photo of Adam in 2005, six years after he disappeared. Image: DC Thomson

The family were approached about the Netflix documentary by production company Phoenix Television last year.

Gillian says filming the episode brought back difficult memories – having also lost her dad to kidney failure and her first-born son to cancer.

Family’s ‘hell’

She said: “I’ve had a lot of loss over the years and it’s hell.

“Adam and I were very close, he was always there for you, we used to do a lot of things together. He was a brilliant brother.

“The Netflix documentary was very upsetting, it brought a lot of things back.”

Adam’s sister Gillian. Image: Steve MacDougall/DC Thomson

Tricia added: “You feel as if you’re letting him down – Adam was loyal to me.

“When it happens to you, you’ll understand what pain is, you’ll understand what loss is, and you’ll understand how it is to live your everyday life trying to be normal in all that you do.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Thomas Pryde was convicted of Culpable Homicide and sentenced in April, 2010.

“Adam Alexander’s remains were recovered from farmland near Errol in September, 2012 and his identity was confirmed by DNA.

“Our enquiries are complete and there is no ongoing investigation into this death.”

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