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Body found in Edinburgh confirmed as missing London woman Saima Ahmed

Karrie Gillett

Published 25/02/2016 | 16:19

Police Scotland confirmed on Thursday the body has been identified as Saima Ahmed
Police Scotland confirmed on Thursday the body has been identified as Saima Ahmed

A body found in the grounds of an Edinburgh mansion has been identified as that of a missing London woman.

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The discovery on January 9 in the Gogar area of the city prompted a major police investigation involving a detailed forensic examination of the area including parts of a golf course.

Police Scotland confirmed on Thursday the body has been identified as Saima Ahmed, who had been reported missing by her family in August last year.

The 36-year-old's death is being treated as unexplained, the force said.

A UK-wide appeal for information was launched as officers attempt to establish the exact journey she took from London to Edinburgh and what took her to the area where her body was found off Gogarstone Road.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacLean, head of crime operations for Edinburgh CID, said: "I have met personally with Saima Ahmed's family and have passed my condolences to them at this tragic and extremely difficult time.

"I have given them a commitment that we are doing everything we can to establish why Saima travelled to Edinburgh and the exact circumstances that led to her death.

"At this stage of our inquiry we continue to treat Saima's death as unexplained, however there is no evidence of criminality as matters currently stand.

"Clearly there are a number of matters and facts we have yet to establish, and it remains a mystery to Saima's family why she travelled to Edinburgh."

He appealed to anyone who saw her on or around August 30 to contact police.

Police said they believe she most likely left her home in Wembley on the morning of August 30.

They issued a timeline of her movements that day in which she had been captured on CCTV at various points.

Her exact route is unknown but police believe she may have travelled to Hemel Hempstead, Birmingham and then on to Edinburgh.

She was described as Asian, about 5ft 5ins, of medium build, with shoulder-length straight dark hair. She was last seen wearing a dark long v-neck top, black trousers, black shoes and a black jacket.

In a statement, Ms Ahmed's family said: "We, Saima's family, are extremely saddened and shocked by the death of Saima.

"She was a very loving and caring person who was part of a very close family.

"We are hoping someone can provide some information as to Saima's journey on August 30 and help us to understand what happened to her."

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