THE body of a woman discovered in a shallow grave on Edinburgh’s Corstorphine Hill is not that of Suzanne Pilley, police have confirmed.
Excavation work on the site has now been completed, although the outcome of forensic tests which may provide clues to the identity of the victim could still take several days to complete.
Police visited the family of murdered bookkeeper Ms Pilley as a “courtesy” hours after the grim discovery was made.
Detectives say that the remains are not those of Pilley, who went missing from her Edinburgh home two years ago.
Her former partner David Gilroy was convicted of her murder last year, but her body has never been found.
Detective Chief Inspector Keith Hardie, of the Major Investigation Team, who is leading the inquiry, said: “Good progress was made over the weekend with a lot of support from a wide variety of specialists.
“The remains have been fully excavated and the detailed examination of the site will continue over the next few days. Our focus is now on trying to identify the victim and then determine the circumstances surrounding her death.”
The badly-decomposed body was found by a walker on the Corstorphine Hill nature reserve on Thursday afternoon.
Detectives said they believed it was unlikely the body had been there for “many years”.
It is hoped DNA testing might provide a breakthrough in the case.