Mum found lying in garden may have frozen to death

Police stand guard at the home in Balfron Loan. Picture: Ian Georgeson
Police stand guard at the home in Balfron Loan. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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DETECTIVES are probing whether a mother-of-two found unconscious in her front garden may have frozen to death after being locked out of her house.

Avril Ramsay was spotted lying in the garden in Balfron Loan, Drumbrae, by a neighbour but she died in the street shortly after paramedics arrived on Thursday morning.

Police said the possibility Mrs Ramsay died after being locked out of the house on the bitterly cold night was one of the theories being examined.

Forensic specialists yesterday took images of apparent footprints on the front door of the house.

Neighbours said 48-year-old Mrs Ramsay and her husband, Cameron, had been attending a funeral the day before she was found and returned home late at night.

Mr Ramsay, 49, was taken away in handcuffs by detectives following the discovery of his wife’s body at around 7.30am on Thursday. He has not been detained, arrested or charged.

Officers in riot gear broke into the property after being unable to get inside. It is standard practice for anyone removed from a home following a forced entry to be handcuffed.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Detectives will look at that as one part of the investigation, but we are waiting for the results of the postmortem to establish the cause of death.”

The death of Mrs Ramsay, who was a much-loved grandmother, is still being treated as “unexplained” by officers.

A neighbour, who asked not to be named, said: “Avril and Cammy had been at a funeral and had a bit to drink.

“I saw Cammy getting led out in the morning by police.

“It was about three hours after her body had been found. To me, he looked in shock. The forensics in their white suits were back looking at the door and front window.

“They sealed them all up with plastic. Some of the detectives were also back to take a look.

“It’s a real tragedy because Avril was a lovely woman. She was well known in the area.”

A bouquet of flowers was left outside her home yesterday. The semi-detached house was still sealed off while a police van and two officers remained on the road.

The forensic team attached arrows pointing to the pair of apparent footprints on the white door.

Another neighbour said: “It’s a real tragedy because Avril was a nice woman.

“She has a big family in this area and lived here all her life.”

Mrs Ramsay, who was married for nearly 30 years, grew up in Hoseason Gardens, a short distance from where she was found.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie, who is overseeing the investigation for Police Scotland, has appealed for any witnesses to come forward.

The officer said previously: “We are treating this death as unexplained, pending the results of a post-mortem examination.”