Body found on tidal island in hunt for woman missing for two weeks

Police remain at the scene on Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth where the discovery was made.

Body found on Cramond Island in search for missing Edinburgh woman last seen over two weeks ago Police Scotland

A body has been found in the search for missing Edinburgh woman Averil Shepley.

Police discovered the corpse of a woman on Cramond Island, near Queensferry, on Monday around 2.50pm.

The body was found during ongoing inquiries into Ms Shepley’s disappearance.

The 47-year-old was last seen in the Marchmont area of Edinburgh around 10.30pm on Friday, September 30.

Cramond Island in the Firth of Forth

Officers issued multiple appeals to trace her and said they were growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Enquires to identify the body are ongoing and police remain at the scene.

Officers previously said Ms Shepley may have hailed a taxi to Queensferry Road on the night she disappeared.

Cramond Island is connected to the mainland by a causeway at low tide and is popular for walks and exploring World War II structures.

Visit Scotland’s website warns visitors to be aware of tides which can pose a risk of leaving people stranded on the island.