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Body of woman found dead at nature reserve identified by police

Margaret McNolty's body was discovered at Maidencraig reserve in Aberdeen on Tuesday, January 14.

Body found in Aberdeen nature reserve, January 14 2014
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A woman found dead at a nature reserve in Aberdeen has been named.

Officers confirmed the deceased as 52-year-old Margaret McNolty from the Woodend area.

Mrs McNolty was found at the Maidencraig reserve in Aberdeen's Hazelhead area at about 11am.

Detectives investigating the discovery want to speak to anyone who may have spotted her walking her dog before her death.

Her death is so far being treated as unexplained and officers have appealed for anyone who saw the woman walking her dog to come forward.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: "Officers have appealed for anyone who may have seen a female wearing a distinctive bright orange hooded top walking a black Collie dog in the Den of Maidencraig area in the early hours of Tuesday January 14.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are on-going to establish the circumstances."

Local councillor Martin Greig, who represents the Hazlehead and Queens Cross area, said: "This is an extremely shocking incident.

"The local community will be greatly alarmed by this terrible news. Hopefully the police will be able to explain what has happened without delay. My sympathies go to the family and friends of the deceased."

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