Police are continuing investigations after a woman was found dead beside B8062 road

Police Scotland continue the investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of a woman who was found in a wooded area at the roadside of B8062 between Auchterarder and Dunning on the afternoon of Thursday 10th May 2018.

The Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent James Smith can now confirm this death is being treated as suspicious.

‘Formal identification has now taken place and she has been identified as Annalise Johnstone aged 22 from the Ardrossan area of Ayrshire.

‘I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to the family and friends of Annalise at this time. We have specialist officers assisting the family through these difficult times.

‘Our enquiries are continuing to establish the full circumstances surrounding this death and I would like to appeal to anyone who may have any information to come forward.

‘Officers are carrying out forensic examinations as well as reviewing CCTV and speaking to the local community in and around the area.

‘As part of our investigation it has been established that Annalise had left her home address in Ardrossan around 5pm on Wednesday 9th May and has travelled to the Tayside area. Annalise was last seen near to Ruthven Court, Auchterarder around about 10pm that same day having been dropped off there.

‘I am also keen to confirm the movements of a silver coloured Ford Galaxy motor vehicle, registration mark ST67-HXL, which is linked this enquiry. I would appeal to the public who may have seen this vehicle to also contact police.

‘We are also looking to trace her iPhone 5s mobile phone which is lime green in colour, within a red flip style case, and a small wallet which has the Marvel superhero thereon. A clear bag of medication which is 4-5 inches in size which will have a sticker on it with Annalise’s name is also missing.

'We are doing everything we can to try and find out what has happened to Annalise and would seek the assistance of the public in that respect. Please get in touch with us even if you think your information may not be relevant to the enquiry, it may prove vital in establishing what has happened to Annalise.

Chief Inspector Ian Scott, Local Area Commander for Perth and Kinross said :

‘We are aware the incident may raise concerns in Perthshire and the wider community but I would like to take the opportunity to reassure the public that there will be a visible police presence whilst investigations are carried out. I would like to thank the local community for their patience whilst this is ongoing and if anyone has any concerns or information, they should speak to an officer'.

Anyone with information that may assist our enquiries should contact Police Scotland on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or by e mail to oprupestris@scotland.pnn.police.uk

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