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Corstorphine Hill: Public calls over Crimewatch appeal

Renault Scenic
Image caption A Renault Scenic similar to this one was seen at Corstorphine Hill

Police investigating the murder of a woman whose body was found on a hill in Edinburgh have received several calls about a car seen twice at the site.

Police said they were following up calls following a Crimewatch appeal, which gave details of a Renault Scenic seen at Corstorphine Hill.

Det Ch Insp Keith Hardie said they had also had more calls about distinctive rings found on the body.

The woman's buried remains were found on 6 June.

Det Ch Insp Hardie said: "The appeal on Thursday's Crimewatch programme provided a very welcome opportunity to widen the appeal for information about the woman's possible identity and we received a number of new calls, all of which are being followed up by a dedicated team of officers.

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

"People have called in response to our description of the Renault Scenic spotted in the area on a couple of occasions in mid-April and we received further calls on the women's distinctive rings, the images of which we released earlier in the week.

"At this stage we don't seem to have received the call that will provide us with the key to identifying this woman, to finding out exactly what happened to her, and to finding out who was responsible for her murder.

"I continue to urge anyone who has any information that can assist us to get in touch."

The dead woman was described as being white, between 32 and 60 years old and about 5ft 2in tall. She had fair hair and expensive-looking cosmetic veneers on her teeth.

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.

Nine names have been put forward by the public but they have all been traced.

Police have taken more than 90 witness statements, which has resulted in 100 phone calls from members of the public.

In addition, 10,000 leaflets have been distributed to the public, appealing for information.

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