A FUND-RAISER has been launched in a bid to erect a memorial for a murdered woman after she fled the country following a fire attack on her Bonhill home.

Susan Waring, 45, was trapped inside her first-floor flat in Redburn when it was set alight in 2017.

Critically ill, she spent nine days in a coma before she returned home to Lancashire to be closer to family.

However, in January 2019, the mum-of-five went missing.

She was last seen shopping with Alan Edwards in Darwen, Lancashire, on January 29.

Last month, Edwards was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of Ms Waring’s murder.

Her body has never been found, leaving her family with nowhere to go to lay flowers or mourn her death.

Now her brother, Peter Waring, has launched the online appeal to try and raise funds to provide a permanent memorial in her honour.

He said on the Go Fund Me page: “She was very nearly killed in a fire in Scotland in 2017 where she was barricaded into her house while others set it on fire - she only just survived after nine days in a coma.

“We brought her down to Lancashire after she was released from hospital for her own safety.

"Unbeknown to us, she would meet up with this monster going by the name of Alan Edwards who again preyed on her vulnerabilities.

“The monster will not disclose to us, her family, where he has disposed of Susan’s body and therefore we have nowhere to lay flowers or to say goodbye.

“I am fund-raising for the family to erect some kind of memorial for Susan so we, her family, can try and find some closure, where we can forever have somewhere to visit to mourn our beloved Susan.”

Mr Waring says that any left-over money from the fund-raiser will go towards a drug and alcohol charity as Ms Waring “had an unfortunate life because of drink and drugs”.

He adds: “She was a good person but due to her vulnerabilities she was easily exploited by others.”

At an 11-week trial at Preston Crown Court, it was heard how violent bully Edwards had murdered the 45-year-old and then disposed of her body – and had also committed a host of other crimes against several other women.

In March 2018, a 28-year-old man was cleared of attempting to murder Ms Waring at her Bonhill home after a jury at the High Court in Glasgow returned a not proven verdict.

To donate to the fund-raiser, visit gofund.me/c7dfc41b.