Corstorphine Hill murder: 23 names suggested for woman's identity

Experts believe the image is a very accurate representation of the woman's face

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Members of the public have suggested 23 possible names for the murdered woman found buried in a shallow grave in Edinburgh.

The woman's remains were discovered on 6 June by a cyclist in a wooded area of Corstorphine Hill.

Officers said 10 of the people had been traced safe and well. They are still tracking down the other 13.

More than 50 people have phoned the police after seeing a facial reconstruction of the woman.

There were also seven calls offering only forenames.

All apart from one call, from Israel, have come from within the UK.

'Exceeded expectations'

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie, of Police Scotland, said: "The volume of calls, now 51, received in response to the release of the facial reconstruction image has exceeded our expectations.

"We are currently following up all of those calls and the names and other information provided to us.

"I sense a real desire to identify this woman and I have been grateful for opportunities to publicise this case, not just here in Scotland, but in other parts of the UK and Ireland.

"The key is to reach the person who recognises this woman, and for us to establish the circumstances of her murder and find those responsible for it."

Experts at Dundee University worked on creating "a very accurate representation" of her face.

Cosmetic veneers

Detectives said they were less sure how she would have worn her hair.

Police also believe the woman is western European, which includes the UK and Ireland.

She had expensive cosmetic veneers on her teeth and was said to be white and about 5ft 2in tall. She was probably between 40 and 50, although police did not want to rule out the possibility she was older or younger than that range.

She was wearing four distinctive rings including an Irish Claddagh ring, which was facing towards the body, which traditionally means the wearer has a partner.

All the rings are old but are not thought to have significant value.

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