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Murder probe leads to Cowal

Police probing a horrific 2011 murder have turned their attention to Cowal

By Gordon Neish
Murder probe leads to Cowal
The scene near Stronafian Forest. Photo: Paul Paterson

Police probing a horrific 2011 Ayrshire murder have been continuing their cold case investigations in Cowal this week.

Locals spotted a large police presence on a track off the B836 Sandbank to Auchenbreck road, close to the Stronafian Community Forest, on Tuesday.
An incident van, scene of crime officers and other police vehicles were seen on the rough terrain, and locals spotted a small white tent being erected.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said on Tuesday evening: “We are following a line of enquiry relating to the murder of Lynda Spence in 2011 which is currently being assessed by officers.”
Lynda Spence was a businesswoman who was abducted, tortured for 13 days and killed in West Kilbride in 2011.
Lynda Spence
After a lengthy trial in 2013, Colin Coats was jailed for a minimum of 33 years and Philip Wade for at least 30 years. Judge Lord Pentland told Coats he was a “highly ruthless and dangerous man.” And he said both had taken part in “a monstrous and barbaric crime”.
The murderers have never revealed where Lynda’s body was hidden.
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