Page last updated at 18:23 GMT, Saturday, 5 April 2008 19:23 UK

Beach head police find body parts

Arbroath harbour  (picture by paul reid)
The suitcase was found after a search of Arbroath harbour

Police investigating the death of a woman whose head was found on a beach have found a suitcase containing body parts in Arbroath Harbour.

They believe the remains are those of Jolanta Bledaite, 35, the Lithuanian woman whose body parts were found on Arbroath beach on Tuesday.

Her head was found by two young sisters and hands were discovered by police.

Two Lithuanian men, aged 19 and 40, have been arrested in connection with the inquiry but not charged.

Dive team

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

The discovery of the suitcase was made at about 1530 BST by a member of Grampian Police's specialist Underwater Search and Rescue Dive Team.

They had been asked by Tayside Police to carry out a search of the harbour area.

The suitcase was forensically recovered from the water at about 1700 BST.

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

The dive team had already searched an area of water in the harbour on Friday and returned on Saturday to complete the search.

Police said the contents of the case would be subject to a full forensic examination.

Det Ch Insp Graham McMillan, the senior investigating officer, said: "It's still too early for me to say specifically what body parts are contained within the suitcase.

"The contents of the case will have to be emptied and examined under a very controlled environment within the police mortuary at police headquarters in Dundee."

He added: "'We are still searching properties in Brechin and carrying out door to door enquiries in the area in a bid to find out what happened to Jolanta.

"We are still very keen to hear from anyone who knew Jolanta or indeed anyone who saw her recently. It is vital that we establish her last known movements and to build up a picture of her lifestyle."




SEE ALSO
Arrests in 'head on beach' case
04 Apr 08 |  Tayside and Central
Head on beach was migrant worker
03 Apr 08 |  Tayside and Central
Beach head had 'distinctive' scar
02 Apr 08 |  Tayside and Central


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2019 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific