Scottish police identify body of murdered woman

Friday 05 July 2013 19.41
A claddagh ring was discovered with the body, which led to speculation the victim was Irish
A claddagh ring was discovered with the body, which led to speculation the victim was Irish

Police in Scotland have established the identity of a woman whose body was found in Edinburgh last month.

Scottish officers had been liaising with gardaí to identify the remains, which were found in a shallow grave.

A claddagh ring was discovered with the body, which led to speculation that she may have been Irish.

Police Scotland told RTÉ News it will not be releasing details of the victim’s nationality until all next-of-kin have been informed.

However, a spokesperson confirmed the identification took place as a result of the appeal for information in Ireland and the UK.

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."

The victim is expected to be named early next week. Police say she may have died up to six months ago.

The woman had also undergone extensive cosmetic dental implants and veneers, which officers believe would have cost between £10,000-£15,000 (€12,000-€18,000).