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Corstorphine Hill murder: Reconstruction of murder victim's face released

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

A facial reconstruction of a woman whose body was found in a shallow grave on a hill in Edinburgh has been released by police.

The woman was discovered in a wooded area of Corstorphine Hill on 6 June by a cyclist.

Despite "an excellent response" from the public to appeals, the woman's identity has yet to be established.

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

The reconstruction is based on a CT scan of the woman's skull.

Range of experts

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.

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie, of Police Scotland, said: "It is now 25 days since this woman's body was discovered. In that time we have worked with a range of experts and agencies to help us get more information on who she might be and how she came to be in Edinburgh.

"Today, thanks to the work of facial reconstruction experts at Dundee University, we have released an image of the woman's face.

"We are confident that this is a very accurate representation of how the woman looked and so I'm asking the public - does the image resemble someone you know but perhaps haven't seen or heard from for some time?

"As I've said from the outset, this is someone's daughter, she could be someone's mother.

"Somebody knows who she is and when we've established her identity, we'll have gone a long way to establishing who was responsible for her murder."

The woman had expensive cosmetic veneers on her teeth.

She was described as being white, between 32 and 60 years old, although police said a more accurate age range would be between 40 and 50 but said they did not want to rule anything out, and about 5ft 2in tall.

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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