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Police in Scotland identify body of murdered woman found with Claddagh ring

Gardaí has been liasing with police in Edinburgh after the woman’s remains were discovered last month in a shallow grave.

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

POLICE IN SCOTLAND today confirmed that they have established the identity of the woman whose remains were discovered last month in Edinburgh with a Claddagh ring.

The ring led investigators to believe the murdered woman may have been Irish. Gardaí have been liasing with Scottish police to try to identify the woman whose body was found in a shallow grave.

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.

This evening a police spokesperson told TheJournal.ie that they will not be in a position to name the woman or give details of her nationality until her next of kin have been contacted but that an update is expected on Monday.

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.”

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

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