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Sister helps police in launch of new appeal in investigation into murder of Dr Brenda Page in Aberdeen, 40 years ago

Tuesday July 10th 2018 at 10:04 AM


The sister of a woman beaten to death in Aberdeen 40 years ago says there’s not a day that goes by that her family don’t think about the “horrendous ordeal” she must have suffered.

Dr Brenda Page, who was a genetic scientist at the University of Aberdeen, was found murdered at her home in Allan Street on July 14, 1978.

She was adding to her income by working as an escort.

Her murder remains unsolved.

Investigations were re-opened in 2015 with fresh hope advancements in forensics and evidence gathering could help find her killer.

Pic: Police Scotland.

Today police are launching a new appeal for the 32-year-old’s former neighbours and colleagues to forward with any information they might have.

Detective Inspector Gary Winter, of Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team, said: “I believe that there are people who lived near Brenda on Allan Street who have possibly never spoken to the Police before, or at any great length.

“I don’t think there’s any untoward reason for this other than they didn’t think their information would be useful because it didn’t relate to Brenda’s death itself.

“I must stress that our enquiries don’t just focus on Friday July 14, 1978 and the hours leading up to her body being found.

“It is crucial we build a picture of Brenda’s life generally as part of our enquiries which is where her neighbours, friends and colleagues come in.

“I appreciate this was a long time ago however if you do remember anything, I urge you to come forward.

“Brenda worked within the Genetics Department at the University of Aberdeen Medical School from 1973 until her murder in 1978 and would have crossed paths with many students and academics during this period of her work life.

“We have spoken to many of her former colleagues but I would appeal to any others not previously seen by the Police to get in touch for the same reasons.

“If you know of anyone who might not live in this country anymore, I would ask that you share this appeal with them.”

“Forensic techniques and processes have changed dramatically over the past 40 years and we continue to use every resource at our disposal to explore information relating to this case.

“It is crucial someone is brought to justice for Brenda’s murder. Please be assured we continue to ensure this happens.

“Anyone with information is urged to get in contact by calling 101 or by emailing SCDHOLMESAberdeen@scotland.pnn.police.uk”

Her sister Rita Ling added: “40 years have passed since Brenda was found and not a day goes by when we don’t think about her and the horrendous ordeal she must have suffered that night.

“Brenda was an extremely intelligent woman with her whole life ahead of her.

“It pains us to think of the great things she would have undoubtedly achieved.

“It is important the police and Crown Office have all potential information available to them to bring the person responsible for her death to court.

“Please come forward if you think you can help.”

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