Unsolved death of headless corpse found in Norfolk maybe linked to Scotland

The body of the young woman was found on healthland at Cockley Cley near Swaffham in August 1974. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The unsolved death of a woman whose headless body was found in Norfolk more than 40 years ago may be linked to Scotland, detectives believe.

Cold case officers are probing a possible connection between the mystery victim - discovered at Cockley Cley in August 1974 - and Dundee.

Both the rope and a plastic cover used to bind and wrap the corpse have associations with the city. The rope was made in a factory in the city. The plastic sheet had the logo of National Cash Registers on it- previously one of Dundee's biggest employers.

Norfolk Constabulary and Police Scotland have drafted in forensic psychology students at Dundee's Abertay University to help them scour local newspapers from the time in a bid for clues.

"Norfolk Constabulary exhumed this woman's body in 2008 and obtained DNA samples from it. They have since traced and eliminated over 470 women from all over the UK who were reported as missing in the early 1970s. However, they have still not been able to identify this woman, and we hope that reports of missing persons within the pages of Dundee's local papers from the time will help move this investigation further forward."

– Inspector Marc Lorente from the Scottish force