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Last Updated: Tuesday, 29 July, 2003, 08:22 GMT 09:22 UK
Body found in suitcase
The scene of the discovery in daylight
The scene of the discovery in daylight
A police investigation is under way in Edinburgh after the remains of a man were found in a suitcase which was pulled from a river.

Lothian and Borders detectives describe the death of the local man, who was in his mid-20s and who was fully clothed, as "suspicious".

They said they believe they know the identity of the victim and are following a definite line of inquiry.

The partially decomposed body has not been formally identified as police have so far been unable to contact next of kin.

The location where the suitcase was found is close to Sandport Street in the Leith area of the city, near to where the Water of Leith flows into the local docks.

The suitcase itself is about four feet by three feet, was dark in colour and would be very heavy
Detective Inspector Malcolm Graham
The discovery was made by officers at 2235 BST on Monday following a tip-off.

Police said following intelligence from two sources, a body was recovered from the water at the Shore at Leith.

The body was taken to the city mortuary where a post-mortem was expected to be carried out.

Detective Inspector Malcolm Graham has appealed for residents around the shore area of the water of Leith to come forward if they have seen anything suspicious.

"If anyone has seen someone with a large suitcase or perhaps struggling with a large object near to the water in the last two weeks , then they should come forward," he said.

'Positive leads'

"The suitcase itself was about four feet by three feet, was dark in colour and would be very heavy if someone was trying to carry it.

"Finds of this nature are uncommon, but we do have positive lines of inquiry that we are making and with the assistance of the public I'm sure we will find out what happened to the man."

I don't think it will affect the Leith area with regards to its resurgence
Councillor Gordon Munro
The victim had not been reported missing.

The area where the body was found was sealed off for almost two hours while scenes of crime officers and detectives carried out forensic examinations.

Two police divers and a fire fighter were taken to hospital for checks because of pollution in the water.

The district is popular with late night diners and drinkers and a local police incident room has been set up there.

Local councillor Gordon Munro said: "I'm shocked and horrified that this happened within Leith.

"I don't think it will affect the Leith area with regards to its resurgence.

"I make an appeal to all people within Leith to give information to the police to help them resolve this case."

BBC Scotland's Morag Kinniburgh
"It's thought the victim had been in a fight"

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