Monday, August 15, 2005

DNA clue in hunt for Emma Caldwell's killer

August 15, 2005 12:00am
Source: The Herald

POLICE and scientists investigating the murder of the Glasgow prostitute Emma Caldwell are analysing DNA evidence.

Detectives have been taking DNA samples from men in Glasgow and Roberton, the Lanarkshire village near the woods where Ms Caldwell's body was found on May 8.

The 27-year-old was last seen leaving a women's hostel on the south side of Glasgow on April 4 and was reported missing a week later.

Ms Caldwell, originally from Erskine, had turned to drugs after the death of her elder sister, Karen, and funded her heroin habit by working on the streets of Glasgow.

DNA is an increasingly vital tool in the fight against crime.

The genetic fingerprint found in blood, hair and saliva is unique to each individual.

The samples are being compared with millions of other samples on the national DNA database. If there is a match, it could lead detectives to the killer.

A police spokeswoman said samples had been taken from men who had connections with Ms Caldwell, including clients and taxi drivers.

"We have had a DNA profile, taken from near the scene where Emma's body was found, for some time, " she said.

"We've been taking DNA from men on a voluntary basis and we will continue taking samples.

"So far, no-one has refused to give a sample."

Police inquiries revealed a black or dark-coloured private hire Skoda taxi, possibly an Octavia, was seen near where Ms Caldwell's body was found.

The vehicle was parked on a single-track road off Howgate Road leading to Falside Farm.

Police are appealing to the several hundred Skoda Octavia private hire taxis licensed in the Greater Glasgow area.

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