Stu­dents try to solve cold case mur­der

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A GROUP of Scots stu­dents have been called in to help po­lice solve the mur­der of a head­less women whose body was found more than 40 years ago.

The case – known as Op­er­a­tion Mon­ton – in­volves the dis­cov­ery of a badly de­com­posed body on Nor­folk farm­land in 1974.

And now foren­sic psy­chol­ogy stu­dents from Aber­tay Univer­sity in Dundee are help­ing Nor­folk Con­stab­u­lary and Po­lice Scot­land with the mur­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice think the case has links to Dundee be­cause the body was found wrapped in a Na­tional Cash Regis­ters plas­tic sheet, and the hands were tied by a piece of string made from jute – for which the city is fa­mous.

Twelve stu­dents are look­ing at me­dia re­ports from the time of the body’s dis­cov­ery to try to dis­cover the mur­dered woman’s iden­tity.

They will search for any re­ported miss­ing women at the time and any mur­ders which may have a con­nec­tion with the case.

Dr Penny Wool­nough, a lec­turer in foren­sic psy­chol­ogy at Aber­tay and an ex­pert in miss­ing per­sons, said: “The po­lice ap­proached me to say they had a par­tic­u­lar in­ves­ti­ga­tion that was on­go­ing and won­dered if the stu­dents might be able to help with it.

“Be­cause the wrists were tied to­gether with jute, and be­cause of the Na­tional Cash Regis­ters cov­er­ing that was found on the body, there’s def­i­nitely a con­nec­tion to Dundee – whether that’s for the vic­tim or the of­fender is not known.

“It’s a cold case that’s gone on for many years. Whether we stand a chance of solv­ing it, we don’t know.”

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