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CCTV released as police canoeists search Loch Morlich

CCTV image of Sandra Davison
CCTV image of Sandra Davison

This is the “lady in the loch” who police were last night still trying to identify more than 48 hours after her body was found floating in the water at a Highland beauty spot.

These CCTV images were captured in the Glenmore Shop and Pinemartin Bar on Sunday evening.

The woman’s body was found in Loch Morlich near Aviemore the following day.

Police canoeists search the loch for clues
Police canoeists search the loch for clues

The woman – who had distinctively decorated fingernails – is thought to have been aged between 40-60.

Police are still treating her death as unexplained, and yesterday officers conducted a major search on and around the loch in the shadow of the Cairngorms.

It is understood they were looking for anything which may help identify her – including her handbag.

Officers from the Aberdeen-based dive unit searched underwater then used kayaks to scour the more remote stretches of the loch.

A tracker dog and a police helicopter also joined the hunt yesterday.

Last night police issued a renewed appeal for help from the public to identify her and track her final movements.

The CCTV images show the woman entering the cafe area of the Glenmore Shop, which sits on the banks of the loch, around 7pm on Sunday.

Two close-up shots of her face were also released by police.

She is described as being between 5ft 6in and 5ft 8in, with brown hair streaked with blonde and of stocky build.

Her fingers were alternately painted with bright pink and bright blue varnish and set with diamante gems.

She was wearing a black jacket, black jeans, a white blouse and pink high top trainers.

Her body was recovered from the loch just after 11am on Monday.

A police spokesman said last night: “Her death is still being treated as unexplained at this time.

“If anyone knows the woman in the images, or has information about her movements, they are encouraged to contact Police Scotland on 101.

“Officers can quickly process names in relation to the inquiry, so if you do think that there is any possibility that the woman is somebody that you know, please get in touch.”

Police searches yesterday focused on the south-east shore of Loch Morlich where the woman was found.

The dive team had carried out an underwater search of the loch on Tuesday.

Dive co-ordinator Constable David Stewart said: “Basically we were carrying out a search for property and were keeping an eye out for anything that looked unusual or out of place.

“At the moment we are not looking for anything specific. We were monitoring close to the foreshore for anything that might help with the investigation.”

It is not thought the woman had a car or any transport of her own and taxi companies in the area have been asked whether they saw her in the area or gave her a lift.

A member of the public spotted the body in the waters of the loch, which is popular as an all-year-round holiday and leisure destination at the foot of the Cairngorms.

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