Saima Ahmed: Golf course death mystery ‘doesn’t make sense’

The brother of a London woman found dead on an Edinburgh golf course four months after she disappeared has said her death "doesn't make sense".

Saima Ahmed, 36, was reported missing from her home in Wembley on 30 August 2015.

But her body was not found until 9 January 2016 on the grounds of Gogarburn golf course.

Almost five years on from the day she vanished, detectives said Ms Ahmed's death remains unexplained.

Her brother, Sadat Ahmed, returned to Edinburgh to make a fresh appeal for information and said the passage of time had done little to ease the family's pain.

Mr Ahmed said: "We still think about it. We still talk about it. We don't understand.

"Every time we try and go through it in our heads, it does not make any sense to us.

"There is so much that does not make sense to us."

Ms Ahmed is believed to have taken a train from London to Edinburgh, via Hemel Hempstead and Birmingham, when she was reported missing on Sunday 30 August 2015.

Unconfirmed sightings of people matching her description at the time were made at Portobello beach, near Edinburgh.

Mr Ahmed, 37, said: "We as a family still don't have any closure, we don't know what's happened, we still don't have any answers and we just want to make an appeal to everyone, anyone who she might have talked to.

"She's very inquisitive, so she was in areas she's never been to before, she would ask questions. I imagine she would have spoken to someone."

He added that it was "so out of character" for Ms Ahmed, who lived in Wembley, to travel to the Scottish capital on her own.

Mr Ahmed believes his sister must have had contact with people to get to the spot where she was found.

He added: "Someone must know something, they must have a conscience. I'd like to think they'd come forward and tell us something.

"But as every year goes by, you lose confidence in getting answers, but we'll never stop, we'll never give up hope."

Det Supt Martin MacLean, of Police Scotland, said the Portobello potential sightings occurred on the evening she was reported missing and by a dog walker on the Monday morning.

Officers want to speak to anyone who may have interacted with Ms Ahmed, from taxi drivers to B&B owners.

Det Supt MacLean said the investigation into her death had been "thorough and painstaking" but, to date, officers do not know what Ms Ahmed did in Edinburgh.

Police are still trying to piece together a timeline of her movements but have confirmed she travelled alone and was not thought to be meRead More – Source

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