Page last updated at 13:05 GMT, Friday, 4 April 2008 14:05 UK

Arrests in 'head on beach' case

Artist's impression of Jolanta Bledaite
Police issued an artist's impression of Jolanta Bledaite

Two Lithuanian men have been arrested in connection with the discovery of a woman's head and hands on a beach.

Police have identified the dead woman as Jolanta Bledaite, 35, from Alytus, Lithuania.

Her head was found on the beach at Arbroath by two young sisters on Tuesday morning. Her hands were later discovered by police.

Tayside Police said the men, aged 19 and 40, were taken into custody on Friday but had not been charged.

Ms Bledaite was a migrant worker who had been staying in Brechin, Angus.

She had been reported missing by her employer.

Her father has been told of her death.

About 50 officers are working full-time on the inquiry and forensic searches of the property where Ms Bledaite lived in Southesk Street have been taking place.

Officers have also been carrying out door-to-door inquiries.

The Arbroath harbour area is also being searched by police divers.

Det Ch Insp Graham McMillan, the officer in charge of the investigation, said: "Whilst we have two men in custody, we will be working diligently to establish the full circumstances surrounding Jolanta's death.

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"I'd like anyone who knew Jolanta, or anyone who had either seen or talked to her recently, to get in touch with us as they may have information that is crucial to our inquiry.

"This is a tragic incident involving a 35-year-old woman, a woman who came to Scotland seeking a better life.

"As the senior investigating officer, I am determined to make sure that justice is served not only for Jolanta, but for her family too."

He added that a number of interpreters had been brought in to help communicate with the large number of Eastern European migrant workers police would need to speak to.

Tayside Police are also liaising with Lithuanian authorities and a specially trained family liaison officer has been appointed.

Police began investigating Ms Bledaite's death at about 1030 BST on Tuesday after two sisters, aged eight and 11, found her head hidden in a plastic bag at the beach in Arbroath.

Police searching the beach later found her hands.

Forensic examinations are continuing on possible human remains found by a coastguard crew member on the shoreline at Carnoustie on Wednesday night.




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