Corstorphine body: Police keen to trace car owner

Police guard the area where the body was found. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Police guard the area where the body was found. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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DETECTIVES are working to trace the owner of a car seen yards from where the dismembered remains of a woman were found on Corstorphine Hill.

Details of the Renault Megane Scenic – twice spotted parked opposite the entrance to the nature reserve late at night – have been released two weeks after the grisly discovery was made.

Police are hoping for information about the vehicle, described as grey or gold, on Corstorphine Road in mid-April.

DCI Keith Hardie, who is leading the investigation, said it could be key to the inquiry.

He added: “As part of our ongoing investigation we are keen to speak to anyone who has noticed any suspicious activity in the area of Corstorphine Hill in recent months.

“We want to speak to the driver or passengers of the Renault Scenic that was parked nearby on two occasions in mid-April, at around 10pm.

“It is possible there will be an innocent explanation to the vehicle’s presence, however we would be keen to hear from the occupants in order that we can eliminate them from our inquiries. We would like to speak to anyone else who may have noticed this vehicle, or who knows why it was parked there.”

The murder probe was launched after a cyclist stumbled across the head protruding from a shallow grave on June 6.

Police believe the murdered woman was dismembered before being transported to the burial in a hold-all. No bag has been yet recovered.

Since then, 10,000 leaflets have been distributed to the public, appealing for information to assist in identifying the victim.

Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team has conducted a huge inquiry which has seen more than 90 witness statements taken, and resulted in more than 100 phone calls from members of the public.

Attempts to discover the identity of the woman, aged between 32 and 60, have yet to bear fruit. Images of her distinctive jewellery, which included a gold Claddagh ring, have been widely circulated leading to an influx of calls.

Officers admitted they were still waiting for a “key call” to give them the breakthrough they so desperately need.

DCI Hardie was due to go on the BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow this morning in a bid to widen the appeal for information.

He said: “It has now been a fortnight since the victim was discovered, and in that time we have carried out extensive inquiries and associated activity in order to identify her.

“She has had significant cosmetic work on her teeth, and was wearing a number of distinctive rings, images of which have been released to the public. We still however await that vital breakthrough and I would urge anyone who has any information that can assist us to get in touch.”