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Timeline: The Arlene Fraser case

The disappearance of mother-of-two Arlene Fraser in Elgin, Moray, has consistently captured Scottish news headlines since 1998.

This is how the events have unfolded in the case, which has seen her husband Nat twice being found guilty of her murder.

28 April 1998

Arlene Fraser goes missing after waving her children off to school.

Grampian Police officers say they are baffled by her disappearance.

A major search is then launched for the missing mother-of-two.

Search for missing mother stepped up

27 October 1998

The senior detective investigating the disappearance says he believes Arlene Fraser is dead and the victim of "something criminal".

Det Ch Insp Peter Simpson says officers had found no evidence that she was still alive.

Police fear missing mother is dead

1 October 1999

The Crown Office says an indictment has been served on Arlene's husband, Nat Fraser.

Missing woman's husband faces charges

1 March 2000

Nat Fraser is jailed for 18 months for earlier assaulting his wife, who at this stage has been missing for almost two years. Mr Fraser is sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh after previously admitting a reduced charge of compressing his wife Arlene's neck to the danger of her life.

Arlene husband jailed

26 April 2002

Three men are indicted for Mrs Fraser's murder. The Crown Office says the men involved are Arlene's estranged husband Nat Fraser, his friend Hector Dick and English businessman Glenn Lucas. They are all charged with conspiring to murder Mrs Fraser, murdering her and attempting to defeat the ends of justice.

Husband charged with Arlene murder

7 January 2003

The trial of the three men accused begins. It hears that she disappeared on the day she was due to see a solicitor about a divorce.

Arlene murder trial opens

29 January 2003

The jury finds Nat Fraser guilty of murdering his wife, and he is jailed for life.

Husband guilty of Arlene murder

6 May 2005

Nat Fraser is allowed to appeal against his conviction for killing Arlene.

Wife killer wins right to appeal

6 May 2008

Nat Fraser loses his appeal against a life jail term.

Fraser loses Arlene murder appeal

3 Oct 2008

Nat Fraser announces plans to ask judges at the Court of Criminal Appeal if he can appeal to the Privy Council in London.

Nat Fraser in fresh murder appeal

24 Mar 2009

Court of Criminal Appeal judges refuse his bid to appeal to the Privy Council in London.

Nat Fraser wife murder plea fails

31 May 2010

Nat Fraser plans to challenge his conviction at the Supreme Court in London.

Arlene killer to make new appeal

25 May 2011

Nat Fraser wins his appeal to have his conviction quashed.

Fraser wins Arlene murder appeal

23 April 2012

Nat Fraser goes on trial again charged with his wife's murder. For legal reasons, it cannot be reported that it is a re-trial.

Man on trial over wife's murder

30 May 2012

Nat Fraser is found guilty, for the second time, of his wife's murder.

Nat Fraser guilty of wife murder

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