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Elizabeth Brown death inquiry questions bus passengers

Elizabeth Brown
Image caption Passengers were shown photographs of Ms Brown in a bid to find information about her death

Hundreds of bus passengers have been interviewed by police investigating the discovery of an Edinburgh woman's body in a Cumbrian wood.

Elizabeth "Betty" Brown, 56, was last seen alive on 28 May last year on a bus on Nicholson Street in Edinburgh.

Her body was discovered in woods, near Longtown, Cumbria, on 18 January.

On Friday, officers from Lothian and Borders Police and Cumbria Constabulary boarded X95 buses between Edinburgh and Carlisle to question passengers.

They showed them photographs of Ms Brown and the Aldi bags she was last seen carrying in a bid to piece together her last movements.

Cumbria Constabulary said she had family in the Gretna area of Dumfries and Galloway and when visiting them she would get the X95 bus from Edinburgh to Longtown, getting off at the Graham's Arms from where she would be picked up.

On the day she was last seen, she was carrying two large black Aldi bags which were discovered near the spot where her body was found.

Det Ch Insp Jeff Ashton said: "I am delighted with the way the operation went on Friday and detectives are out at the moment following up leads after we received information about potential sightings of Betty in Longtown.

"We also received a number of calls from members of the public after we issued posters and leaflets in the Longtown area."

'Some answers'

He thanked the bus company and passengers for their "patience and co-operation".

"I am 100% committed to finding out what happened to Betty and I am confident that if members of the public take a moment to take a look at Betty's photograph and think back to May last year, they will be able to provide us with some answers," he said.

"Even the smallest piece of information could help us to trace her last moments so I would urge everyone - especially regular users of the buses between Edinburgh and Longtown - to cast their minds back and call us immediately with any information."

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