Claddagh ring clue in murder mystery
GARDAI are taking part in a European police bid to identify a female murder victim whose body was dumped in a shallow grave.
The mystery woman, pictured left, was wearing a Claddagh ring, which has led to speculation she may have been Irish.
The remains were discovered by a cyclist looking for a sunbathing spot on Corstorphine Hill in Edinburgh on June 6 last.
Scottish police believe the woman was murdered elsewhere, dismembered and then left in the barely concealed grave. Tests have indicated that she could have been killed up to six months ago.
A facial reconstruction of the murder victim created by a team from Dundee University has now been circulated through Europol to all police forces.
Local police said the woman was wearing a traditional Claddagh ring and had undergone cosmetic dental implants and tooth veneers, which could have cost up to £15,000.
Gardai confirmed last night that they had received a description of the woman from Edinburgh police, but had so far failed to make any progress with their inquiries.
A check through the missing persons database in the UK, using the woman's description and DNA, has also drawn a blank.
The reconstruction team was led by a professor of cranial identification, Caroline Wilkinson, who has already helped police with a number of murder investigations.
She also reconstructed the face of Richard III, 528 years after his death.
The murdered woman is described as aged between 32 and 60 years and 5ft 2ins tall.