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Corstorphine Hill murder: Killer's DNA not found at shallow grave

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

Police investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found in a shallow grave in Edinburgh have not found any of the killer's DNA at the scene.

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

Police confirmed no DNA, other than that of the victim, had been found in the area where the body was discovered.

On Wednesday, the force stressed that forensic examinations were continuing at the scene.

Experts have created a reconstruction of how they think she would have looked, using a CT scan of her skull.

The image, which was released by police on Monday, has prompted more than 30 calls from the public.

Officers said they had received calls from as far away as Israel with suggestions of her possible identity.

Detectives are now following up the calls.

Police also plan to circulate the image locally to homes and businesses around the Corstorphine Hill area.

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie, of Police Scotland, said: "The initial response to the release of the facial reconstruction image has been very encouraging.

"We have received more than 30 calls from people as far away as Israel suggesting a possible identity for the woman and each of these calls will be followed up by the team of officers dedicated to this case.

"We will be circulating the image widely and detectives will be taking it round homes and business in the Corstorphine Hill area.

Image caption The four rings found on the body included an Irish Claddagh ring, which is a heart held by two hands

"Somebody knows who this woman is. We need that person to see this image, to recognise the face, and to make that call."

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

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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