Corstorphine Hill murder victim identified

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POLICE know the identity of a woman whose dismembered remains were buried in a shallow grave on Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh.

But officers will not reveal the victim’s name until next of kin have been contacted.

Over 90 witness statements have been taken and the officers involved have received more than 100 calls from members of the public.

The murder victim has been identified by police
The murder victim has been identified by police

Nine potential identities were put forward but all individuals have been traced “safe and well”.

Investigators have spoken to Europol and Irish forces after one of the rings found with the body is believed to have strong connections with the Irish Catholic travelling community.

Asked if the victim was a traveller or from abroad a police spokesman replied “no comment.”

Asked if they knew where the family were, the spokesman also declined to comment.

The woman has been described as being white, between 32-60 years of age, 5ft2 and with a slim build.

Significant and extensive cosmetic work, including veneers and implants, had been carried out on her teeth; thought has cost thousands of pounds.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie from Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team said:  “Identifying the victim was the first priority of this murder investigation and I would like to thank the public and the media for their help in achieving that aim.

“While this is positive news, it also means that a loved one has been lost.  We are progressing our inquiries into the circumstances of this woman’s death and to finding those responsible for it.”

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