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Facial reconstruction to solve mystery of body on shore

Police said the body was badly decomposed and had 'clearly been in the water for some considerable time'.

Investigation: Liverpool John Moores University reconstructed what the woman would have looked like. Police Scotland
Investigation: Liverpool John Moores University reconstructed what the woman would have looked like.

Police have released a facial reconstruction of a mystery woman whose body washed ashore more than two years ago.

The unidentified body was discovered by members of the public near Helensdale Cottage in Drummore, Dumfries and Galloway, on August 9, 2017.

Police said she was badly decomposed and had “clearly been in the water for some considerable time”.

The woman – believed to have been young to middle-aged – was 4ft 11in and weighed around 7.5 stones.

When found, she was wearing size ten jeans and Harry Potter underwear.

Harry Potter: The woman was wearing similar underwear.

Efforts to identify the woman, both locally and nationally, were unsuccessful and in 2019 details of the case were sent to Liverpool John Moores University for a facial reconstruction to be carried out.

Police have now released an image of the reconstruction, which is being circulated around the country to try and identify her.

Jeans: The woman wore a size 10.

Detective sergeant Nadine Scott said: “Missing person reports across both the UK and internationally have been checked without success. 

“The work by the Liverpool John Moores University has provided us with a facial reconstruction of a woman, not a portrait of the face of the person, but a representation of the face based on detail provided from the remains of the body.”

If you have any information that can help the investigation, call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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