1. ITV Report

Death of woman found on Boxing Day treated as murder

Two bodies were found at a property on Ladyrig View in Heiton Photo: ITV Border

Police have confirmed they are treating the death of a woman whose body was found on Boxing Day in the Scottish Borders as murder.

The woman has been identified as 48-year-old Pauline Cockburn, from Kelso.

Her body was found along with the body of a man at a property on Ladyrig View in Heiton.

The man is yet to be formally identified and his death is not suspicious.

Investigations are ongoing, however police are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie, who is leading the investigation, said:

Pauline was tragically taken from her family and friends at what should be a happy and joyous time of year. I can only imagine that the circumstances make this even more heartbreaking and my thoughts are with them as they try to come to terms with their loss.

Our investigation into her death is ongoing and, whilst we are not looking for anyone else, there are still lines of inquiry to follow up to ensure we know as much as we can about what happened.

This incident has put a small, quiet area of the Scottish Borders in the spotlight and I would respectfully request that the families and friends of those involved, and the local communities, can be given the time and the space to be able to grieve and remember.”

– Keith Hardie, Detective Chief Inspector, Police Scotland