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Edinburgh police in Irish appeal after Claddagh ring found on murder victim’s body

One month after the remains were discovered, the victim still hasn’t been identified.

A reconstruction of the woman's face, created by Dundee University
A reconstruction of the woman's face, created by Dundee University
Image: Dundee University

Updated 21:27

POLICE INVESTIGATING A woman’s  murder in Edinburgh are liaising with the Gardaí to try and identify the victim, it emerged today. Her body was found in a shallow grave in the city a month ago, and a Claddagh ring discovered with the remains has led investigators to believe she may have been Irish.

The victim is described as being around 5′ 2″ in height. She was white, middle aged, slim, and of medium build. Police believe she was probably between 40 and 50 years old, but haven’t ruled out the possibility that she may have been younger or older. She also had expensive cosmetic veneers on her teeth.

The dismembered remains were discovered by a cyclist in a wooded area close to Edinburgh on 6 June.  Investigators believe they were buried sometime between two and four months ago. Police say they did not find any of the killer’s DNA at the scene.

Four distinctive rings were found with the remains, including a Claddagh ring, which traditionally means the wearer has a partner.

The four rings discovered with the body, including the distinctive Claddagh ring

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie of Edinburgh Police said they were trying to widen the net, and spread word of the woman’s profile in the hope that someone recognises her and comes forward. He said that so far they had eliminated 19 suggestions, after fielding numerous calls from the public.

Speaking to RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Hardie said anyone with information should contact the force on +44 1786 289 070, or get in touch with gardaí here.

First published 10:04

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